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Chegutu Villagers Relive Brutal Assault By Soldiers

Chegutu Villagers Relive Brutal Assault By Soldiers

Some Chegutu villagers have narrated the ordeal that they suffered at the hands of members of the Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) on Tuesday last week.

Soldiers from Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo Airbase in Chegutu descended on Kalembo Farm in the dead of night searching for a member of a machete-wielding gang who had attacked a soldier earlier in the day.

The unknown machete gangster had allegedly stabbed a soldier while fighting for a woman at Smifort Bar on Sunday last week.

One of the villagers, Selma Modi (38), said the soldiers should be arrested and rot in jail. Said, Modi:

I am a mere housewife. I don’t know the alleged machete gangster who injured the soldier. I wasn’t aware of the incident but I was assaulted and injured.

It was so humiliating and dehumanising to be beaten on my back as if I was a child.

They were taking turns beating me using cooking sticks which they took from my kitchen while my 17-year-old son was watching.

My husband watched helplessly as I was being beaten as he had also been savaged. Right now I am not able to sit.

My back is swollen and stiff. The pain is unbearable. The soldiers must be removed from the camp and they must rot in jail.

The soldiers reportedly stormed the village, breaking doors and windows to gain entry into homes and randomly beating villagers.

After beating them, they detained some, only to release them later.

Some of the victims sustained injuries to their hands and legs while others suffered bruises.

A meeting was convened at Kalembo Farm last Friday where army bosses reportedly pledged to fund medical expenses for the injured villagers.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum programmes coordinator Wilbert Mandinde condemned the brutal assault of defenceless villagers by the soldiers. He said:

The soldiers should be held accountable for what they have done. It is crucial for the government to implement the recommendations of the Motlanthe Commission especially as we are heading towards the 2023 elections.

We can’t continue to see the loss of lives and rights violations like what happened in the aftermath of the 2018 elections.

The villagers have pleaded with authorities to intervene to protect them from further victimisation.

More: NewsDay


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12 Comments

Che 1 month ago

Vasiyanei neAl shabab, kana Taliban?
Discipline yakaenda naGushungo.
Kana Official Inquiry hapana inoitwa.
It's pathetic.


The Thing 1 month ago

The problem with Zimbabwe military is that ,they are too appetite for a war. They are reduced and their dignity is losing day by day. ZRP is the one that must deal with the enforcement of law and order kana zvanetsa support unit takes over, plus CID are there to investigate perpetrators. The military must be released for their duty which is to kill. Zvo muvengi akapinda muno ivo vachimutsa ma jet yenguva ya Rhodes vanopona here. Dai vadya m favors s zanu vakanyarara


Greenwood 1 month ago

hhhmmmm🤔,why not just use a language that you're fluent in??? Embarrassing yourself posting English words at random is tantamount to nonsense 🤷🏿‍♂️

Asalif 1 month ago

@Fiend how would you feel if it was your wife or your mother


FIEND 1 month ago

Soldiers should protect their Citizens simple.Vote CCC for CHANGE


Observer 1 month ago

The airforce has become a disgrace. Shame.


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THE FIEND 1 month ago

Aiwa kani vanhu ngavarowe, that's what we call, "to intricate discipline ".Mukarova gunners, hee?


THE FIEND 1 month ago

Ask yourself why she was beaten, and bear in mind that the whole saga involved a woman. Maybe she's the woman who caused all the drama.
If it was in Israel those soldiers were going to shoot a kill villagers, but we in Zimbabwe we are soft as wool.

Bbv 1 month ago

Kkkk.Charamba akaroverwa amai vake kuZaka anoziva zvazvinoreva mazuva aya

Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Dai vari amai vako vakarohwa ungadai ukutaura zvaukutaura here?😕

gedye 1 month ago

very bad


ABSA 1 month ago

Nyaya yekurova vanhu vasina mhosva yakashata he was stabbed by a man makurova vakadzi mudzimba



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