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 Zimbabwe’s violent crackdown continues with reports of rape

HARARE-(MaraviPost)-A violent crackdown continued in Zimbabwe as rights groups alleged women had been raped during house-to-house searches, while the government criticised a report by its own rights commission that said security forces had used “systematic torture”.

 

Zimbabweans said on Friday abuses have not calmed since President Emmerson Mnangagwa denounced the violence as “unacceptable”.

The unrest began last week as people protested a steep increase in fuel prices that made gasoline the world’s most expensive. The government accuses the opposition of stirring up trouble.

 

The army asserts uniformed perpetrators accused of abuses are “bogus elements” out to tarnish its image.

 

Fearful residents in poor and working-class suburbs of the capital, Harare, and second city, Bulawayo, are locking themselves in at night.

At least 12 people have been killed in the unrest and more than 300 wounded, scores with gunshot wounds, doctors and rights workers have said.

 

“We have received very disturbing reports of a number of cases of women allegedly raped by members of security forces,” said Dewa Mavhinga, southern Africa director for Human Rights Watch.

 

 

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Lloyd M’bwana
Lloyd M’bwanahttps://www.maravipost.com
I'm a Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource (LUANAR)'s Environmental Science graduate (Malawi) and UK's ICM Journalism and Media studies scholar. I have been The Malawi Country Manager and duty editor for the Maravi Post for the past Three Years. My duty editor’s job is to ensure that the news is covered properly, that it is delivered on time, and that it is created to the standards set out in the editorial guidelines of the Maravi Post. I also decide most of what the user will or will not see. And those users will be clicking on the website expecting to see what their trusted news. Organisation has to say on an issue. I started as a senior Reporter with the Maravi Post over a 6 years ago. When I have time, I do field reporting as well.
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