I suffered torture, hearing loss: Mnangagwa

HARARE - Emmerson Mnangagwa, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister, has revealed that Ian Smith’s soldiers damaged one of his ears in a torture session during the liberation struggle.

Mnangagwa pleaded with senators on Thursday during a question and answer session to bear with him as he had a hearing impairment.

“Again madam President, you know, during the war when I was captured, they destroyed one of my ears,” Mnangagwa said.

“So, I am using one and the one I am using is this side and you are talking from the other side.

“So, you should understand.”

It is just the latest revelation of Mnangagwa’s war exploits after he was spared the gallows for allegedly sabotaging a locomotive train in Fort Victoria.

A group which included Mnangagwa, William Ndangana, Victor Mlambo, James Dhlamini and Master Tresha, which was referred to as the “Crocodile Gang”, allegedly blew up a locomotive in the present day city of Masvingo and was convicted under the Law and Order Maintenance Act.

Mnangagwa was defended by J. J. Horn of Scanlen and Holderness who pleaded that he was under 21 and could not be executed. As a result, he was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

After serving his 10-year sentence, he was further detained at Khami and then at Harare Prison together with other nationalists such as President Robert Mugabe, Enos Nkala, Maurice Nyagumbo, Edgar Tekere and Didymus Mutasa.

He was then deported to Zambia where his parents were.

Turning to the question posed by Matabeleland South senator Watchy Sibanda, he said his ministry was preparing a CDF Bill that will be tabled before Parliament soon.

“I think you were asking what has happened to Constituency Development Fund (CDF)?” Mnangagwa said.

“I thank the honourable senator for the question. The concept of CDF was mooted under the Inclusive Government, which other people call the GNU but officially it is called Inclusive Government,” he said.

“However, there was no legislation to back that concept and we are now in the process of crafting legislation to regulate CDF.

“So, we shall bring the bill here that will govern and regulate CDF. This is why in the current budget we do not have funds for CDF.”

Comments (11)

The effects of torture? true/false

Mukanya - 14 July 2014

Kunyepa chete apa. dai waiva matsi wakarega zvekuuraya vanhu kare. unonyepa iwe. Pane matsi mhondi?

Tongogara - 14 July 2014

does it mean that because of the ear, you now can have the right to loot and mismanage the country. not at all. they are people who went on to lose both ears. so you are no greater than anyone and your excuse for under performing does not hold any water.

see - 14 July 2014

When they being compensated for their injuries, the likes of him and Chenjerai Hunzvi claimed up to 100% disability compensation. With such injuries, should you not do yourselves a favour and rest. You've fought for your country, sat in the government for over thirty years and made millions for yourselves, now is the time to rest your bones and enjoy while those that are still young and capable carry on the burden for you.

Dr Know - 14 July 2014

ko mnangagwa aita sei arikungotaura zvakaitika,ko hazvina kuitika here

kiki - 14 July 2014

Sorry Boss you were tortured and underwent so much suffering in your quest to liberate ZIMBABWE. But what surprises me most is that when torture was perpetrated by Rhodesians it is more pronounced. When perpetrated by Zimbabweans it is not. Why????? I thought torture was torture. How many people have been tortured in Zimbabwe? Tsvangirai, Jestina Mukoko to mention a few. Not forgetting those who went on to perish at the hands of CIO operatives and ZANU-PF youths.Kuma Base kuye! We all know well about this. Thank you

SHAVA - 15 July 2014

Unotoshaya kuti zvinhu zvacho zviririkumbofamba sei??

lolo - 15 July 2014

I feel for Emmerson but what worries me is his party has perpetuated that legacy with even more cruelity than the white settlers. Remember how they braai Talent, how they gorged Tonderayi Ndira, how short and long sleeve was ministered on fellow Zimbabweans, it becomes even more painful. 'I thought never again in the history of Zimbabwe will we see a fellow human torturing another but it is happening daily in liberated Zimbabwe Cde Mnangagwa.

Maita Manyuka - 15 July 2014

It's so insulting that Mnangagwa talks about him being tortured during the liberation struggle.How many people lost their lives in that struggle?What compensation've they got for their huge sacrifices &losses.Please don't remind us of those very sad days.We just want good governance which we never tasted under the ZANU PF gvt.

KUMAHOMBEKOMBE - 15 July 2014

Thank God kuti uchine imwe irikunzwa. kovasina vanozotii.

Hazvie - 15 July 2014

This is a Lie. Read Tekere's book. He stated that that the difference between Mugabe's government and that of the White Minority was that the later never tortured, starved and beat prisoners. However Mnangagwa and his teammates have gained notoriety of torturing/starving/beating their victims. Dai Smith aive nehutsinye sohwenyu mungadai makafira mujere nokurohwa. Ndinogwadziwa zvikuru kana muchifusha nhema dzakadai. Vana mai Mujuru ndivo vakazoti vakaita 110% disability ivo vachifamba. Chikoro chishoma chakaipa mhanduwe

dick mboko - 15 July 2014

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