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The images below are of a 22 year old male from Musaruro Village Mudzi. He narrated what happened to him:

The ZPF youth came to my shop on Friday 11 April 2008 at 9pm, broke the door down and dragged me out of the building. The said "you are an MDC member". They took all the groceries from my shop then burned grass on both my hands. After that they beat my hands and back with wooden poles. I went to Kotwa rural district hospital and they gave me 2 paracetamol - they had nothing else."

Injuries sustained: Burns to both hands and left arm. 2 metacarpels and 1 metatarsal bones and ulna broken left hand/arm and on the right hand thumb and fifth finger broken.

Reprisal attacks against voters in Zimbabwe

Reprisal attacks against voters in Zimbabwe

Below: this is of a 22 year old male from Chibamo Village, Mudzi south. He stated:

15 or so ZPF youth came to my house on Friday 11 April 2008 and started to hit me with fire wood and kick me in the mouth. They beat me on my buttocks, left arm and hand. The perpetrators are known to me (names recorded). They said "why are you supporting MDC, we promise you we are here to vandalise you".

Injuries sustained: He sustained a lacerated top lip and deep tissue bruising and wounds to the buttocks.

Reprisal attacks against voters in Zimbabwe

The violence continued yesterday

Over 500 farm workers displaced in Mutasa South and Chipinge (Tanganda and Southdown Holdings) following invasions by so called war veterans.

A passenger on a bus reported seeing a man being hung by his hands from a tree while a group was beating him at Corner Store, between Muhrewa and Mutoko - this took place at approximately 4 pm Sunday 13 April 2008.

Frans Joubert, a Chipinge farmer has been detained in Chipinge Police cells since Friday for allegedly "insulting Pres. Mugabe". He is being denied access to legal representation and relatives.


MikSheUK says:

Does such brutality form another part of Mbeki's "There is no crisis in Zimbabwe" theory.

Submitted by MikSheUK on 14 April 2008 - 1:02pm
wacko says:

This is barbaric at its crest. Should we just watch as things go this way people. How can the whole nation be mollified by a single individual because of his own protectionist interests. Freedom comes with a price comrades, lets retaliate!!!!

Submitted by wacko on 14 April 2008 - 1:30pm


Submitted by BOOMERANG on 14 April 2008 - 2:34pm
Zvakwana says:

Iwe Mugabe chibva kani nhai. Hatichakudi isisu.Unonzwa nei ko. Mu Ballot waramba, Takuudza munzeve ukaramba. Urimurudzii ko? IBVA MHANI VAMWE VAPINDE. Unofunga kuti Sovereignty inodyiwa here??? Iko kudhaya bvudzi ndochii? Uri ngochani here? Are in love with your boyfriend Mbeki?

Submitted by Zvakwana on 14 April 2008 - 5:31pm
wezhira says:

Comrades, its time we arise to the occation like what the true galant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe did!!!!!!!!!!! [...] We must never allow this evil government to brutalise our people like this! It takes courage guys come on lets do something. The whole world must be wondering what kind of (mbwende)people we are? We have have got our pride and humility to defend. Zimbabwe arise [...]!!!

[This was edited slightly to remove calls for war. Sorry Wezhira, your frustration is valid, but we are proponents of non violent democractic change]

Submitted by wezhira on 14 April 2008 - 5:56pm
enough says:

Dear Sokwanele,
Please could you post a list of addresses that can be copied and pasted in a very visible place on your site. It is easier to get other people to act if it is as fast as possible to do so.
I am horrified.

Submitted by enough on 14 April 2008 - 6:49pm
Saddened says:

Mbeki, how can you say there is no crisis in Zimbabwe? The quiet diplomacy from African leaders must end. Zimbabwe is suffering and it is only going to get worse. My prayers are with all of you still in Zimbabwe. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” The best of luck with the general strike tomorrow. Lauren, Sydney

Submitted by Saddened on 15 April 2008 - 12:54am
henry says:

Dear sokwanele
what l saw is very shocking l think the only thing zimbabwe people need to do is to pray only God knows the time they will get their freedom and l thinnk its soon

Submitted by henry on 15 April 2008 - 12:31pm
Jamie says:

Sokwanele appears in a BBC news report here:

Zimbabwe opposition fearful

The World is watching!

Submitted by Jamie on 16 April 2008 - 2:34am
Tim Singiswa says:

Show proof you might have regarding Mugabe`s wife using taxpayers money or shadafakap madafaka!!!

For as long as your fight is against Mugabe you`ll get my wrath.I`m sick to death of this conpiratorial plot against one person as if he is the one-man-show whereas he`s a part of his government but tackling security issues as part of his tasks.

however he is giving you the war that you seek with him-enjoy the going as it gets tough!

Submitted by Tim Singiswa on 17 June 2008 - 4:09pm


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