Zimbabwe troops unleashed “organized” torture

Jan 23, 2019, 4:04 AM EST
(Source: Zimbabwean-eyes/flickr)
(Source: Zimbabwean-eyes/flickr)

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s troops of using “systematic torture” against the protesters, who took to streets in the capital, Harare, last week after a sharp hike in fuel prices.

In a damning report, the commission gave a detailed account of how the uniformed and the uniformed members of the Zimbabwe National Army carried out “organized” torture against the protesters, raiding their homes at odd hours at night and beating them up for long hours, writes the BBC.

Mnangagwa, who abandoned his Davos trip to return to home on Monday, has urged all sides to exercise restraint and contribute constructively in fixing a broken economy. The government blames the opposition MDC party for inciting violence, which has resulted in at least eight deaths in a week, most of them killed by live ammunitions fired by the security forces, reports Daily Nation.