18 March 2007

Crisis in Zimbabwe Continues

News from SW Radio Africa:

News stories for Sunday 18 March

The spokesperson for the Tsvangirai MDC, Nelson Chamisa, is in hospital. He was due to fly out of Harare to attend a meeting in Brussels when he was stopped and beaten. Reports say his eye socket is fractured.

In other news, a government spokesman told a British newspaper last night that murdered activist Gift Tandare had been buried in secret and his family forbidden to attend.We have been unable to get further details.

News stories for Saturday 17 March

CIO seize Tandare’s body
Robert Mugabe’s notorious Central Intelligence Organisation allegedly removed the body of the late Gift Tandare from a funeral parlour in Harare, after forcing his father to sign a letter of consent. Alex Muchadehama the lawyer representing the family said it was in clear violation of the family’s rights to bury their loved one as his wife, mother and other relatives were unaware that the body had been taken.

Mutambara, Kwinjeh, Holland stopped from leaving Zimbabwe.
Professor Arthur Mutambara the leader of one of the MDC factions was detained at Harare International Airport Saturday. Maxwell Zimuto an Information Officer with the Mutambara led MDC said the opposition leader was about to fly to South Africa when he was stopped. It’s been alleged that he has been taken to Harare Central Police Station. Police refused to comment.

News stories for Friday 16 March

MDC unite for presidential race
Leaders of the opposition and civic groups who were brutalised by the police this week held a press conference as a united group in Harare Friday. They said they will continue with their campaign to force the Mugabe regime to accept that there is a need for democratic reforms, a new constitution and free and fair elections.

Cellphone conversation from The Avenues Clinic -- Listen to interview with Mike Davies of the Combined Harare Residents Association and Dr. Arthur Mutambara, leader of one MDC faction.

Images of police brutality 14 March 2007 -- Graphic images

From the Sokwanele Newsletter:

Nelson Chamisa attacked by CIO agents at Harare International Airport

Torture and violence in Zimbabwe (media extracts)

Tsvangirai’s torture described as attempted murder

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