Justice delayed for torture victim

MBERENGWA - Four years after being severely tortured and left for dead by a group of war veterans, 75-year-old Adamson Dhakwa is bitter that justice is yet to be done.

The mainstream MDC ward chairperson for Mataruse in Mberengwa district, Dhakwa was kidnapped on June 12, 2008 at Senta Business Centre in Matavire village, Mberengwa.

He says his captors, war veterans and Zanu PF supporters led by Retired Major Shava and Obey Chipoko, viciously tortured him leaving him with permanent injuries.

He says he was tied up with a rope and thrown in the back of a Toyota Hilux vehicle. He was taken to Mazvihwa where he was beaten and severely tortured.

According to the doctor’s report, Dhakwa sustained permanent injuries on the spinal cord and private parts. He now has difficulty in urinating and walking.

“I was beaten with logs, stones and iron bars by Shava, Chipoko and their group,” he said. “They accused me of being a sellout.

“They were actually saying people of my age were not supposed to campaign or to support MDC.

“After that, they dumped me at Maranda Business Centre and left me for dead, I was taken home by a Good Samaritan.”

He says he reported the matter to Zvishavane Police Station.

“It is very painful to note Shava and his colleagues have not been arrested and are still walking free asi inini ndava chirema (when I am now crippled),” he said.

“I have visited Zvishavane Police Station several times but no explanation is being given on why there are failing to arrest these people and take them to court.”

Dhakwa added: “As you can see, I am now crippled, can’t walk properly and my private parts were also injured and I have problems when relieving myself.”

Midlands police spokesperson, Emmanuel Mahoko said: “If police in Zvishavane are failing to help him, he should contact the provincial headquarters in Gweru and we will see how he can be assisted.”

Zanu PF national spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo said: “That is just propaganda from MDC; this guy was not tortured by any of our members or war veterans. He might have been beaten kudoro and he now blames our members.”

MDC district chairperson for Mberengwa, Ketrush Mubaiwa-Moyo said it was well-known in the area that Zanu PF is behind Dhakwa’s injuries and demanded the arrest of those who attacked him.

“Everybody knows Dhakwa was kidnapped and tortured by Shava and his group, we want justice to be done. Police should arrest these people,” said Mubaiwa-Moyo. - Pindai Dube

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