Zimbabwe activist found alive, tortured after abduction - group
14 September 2016, 22:05
Harare - It is an image you cannot un-see: a Zimbabwe activist's foot after alleged torture this week, his toe-nail brutally ripped off.
The photo was published by the Tajamuka (We are Agitated) pressure group and shows one of the group's activists Sylvanos Mudzvova, who's been found alive but horribly wounded after being abducted this week.
The widely-respected Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO forum says 38-year-old Mudzvova was tortured with shocks to his genitals and feet, injected with an unknown substance and left unconscious after being taken from his home by suspected state agents on Tuesday night.
See the pictures here.
The attack will revive questions about the fate of missing activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted in March this year and has not been seen since. The opposition and Dzamara's supporters believe President Robert Mugabe's security agents were behind the abduction since Dzamara had been calling on Mugabe to step down.
The forum says Mudzvova was driven in a vehicle to bushland close to Harare.
'Our patience has run out'
It said: "Sylvanos was subjected to torture that involved electrical shocks to his feet and genitals while being interrogated on a number of issues that include the source of funding for #Tajamuka/Sesijikile."
The abductors were apparently surprised by passers-by and left Mudzvova unconscious. He is currently recuperating in a private hospital.
Mudzvova had been acting as spokesperson for the group following the incarceration of Promise Mkwananzi who was finally released on bail on Wednesday after more than 20 days in detention.
Tajamuka is one of a number of groups that have been leading anti-government protests in Zimbabwe in the last few months.
The wave of discontent was started (online) by a Harare church pastor Evan Mawarire in April. The father-of-two is now in exile: the fate of Mudzvova is quite clearly something he wanted to spare himself and his young family from.
Mugabe, 92, at the weekend said "our patience has run out" and that protesters would have themselves to blame "if we take actions that are painful".
Tajamuka said on its Facebook page: "They can abduct us, torture us, arrest us, abuse us or anything they deem necessary - but they will not stop us and they cannot silence us."