William Makurumidze, a soldier attached to a unit that guards President Robert Mugabe assaulted two youthful MDC supporters in a bar for wearing party T-shirts. The youths, Petros Makaza and Golden Nhika, escaped while revellers battle to restrain the soldier. The youths were then arrested and taken to a ZANU (PF) office in the volatile Mbare suburb where they were assaulted and tortured.
The Attorney-General’s Office then charged the youths with robbery, accusing them of stealing the soldier’s beret and cellphone.
Human rights lawyers, disgusted by the blatant selective application of the law, are now fighting to have the courts clear the youths of the charges, which they say are “fabricated”. The youths are out of custody on $30 bail each and have to report once a week at Epworth Police Station. Kennedy Masiye of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, defending the pair, said they were severely assaulted and were abducted and taken to Mbare 3 (Zanu PF Offices) where they were tortured while handcuffed.