CITIZENS Coalition for Change (CCC) activists Joana Mamombe
and Cecilia Chimbiri have revealed horrific accounts of torture, together with
being pressured to sing struggle songs and drink one another’s urine by their alleged
They narrated the ordeal final Tuesday when their trial on
expenses of “faking their very own abduction in 2019 to ask the eye of the
West” kicked off.
The activists, who’re represented by Alec Muchadehama and
Jeremiah Bhamu, are charged alongside one other CCC activist Netsai Marova who
has skipped the border.
They deny the costs.
The activists claimed that they had been kidnapped by suspected
state safety brokers from police cells after their arrest for holding an
unsanctioned demonstration in violation of Covid-19 rules, and had been later
tortured and dumped alongside Bindura street.
On Tuesday, Mamombe, by her attorneys, narrated her
ordeal by the hands of the alleged abductors after their arrest.
Mamombe mentioned they had been taken from Harare central police
station, blindfolded with sacks and pushed to an unknown vacation spot.
“The construction (vacation spot) was surrounded with tall grass
such that she couldn’t see some other construction close by.
“The accused had been led into the construction and bought to the
again the place there was a giant dug out pit.
“At that time, captors had an argument amongst themselves
when one in every of them prompt that they push them into the pit whereas others
disagreed, arguing that it was going to end in them breaking their limbs,”
the attorneys submitted.
“They (captors) agreed that the accused individuals go down
utilizing a ladder, which was on the edges of the pit.
“It was darkish and Mamombe couldn’t see the highest of the pit
as a result of its depth, which she assumed to be roughly 4m deep…”
They had been then pressured to jog and sing revolutionary songs
whereas contained in the pit.
“They sang and jogged constantly till Mamombe couldn’t
proceed anymore,” the attorneys mentioned.
“The individuals poured chilly water on them.
“Whereas they had been shivering at a nook, the opposite two
individuals got here down the pit and began assaulting them with open arms and whips
throughout their our bodies in addition to pulling Mamombe’s braids and slapping her.”
Mamombe was made to drink Marova’s urine, whereas she gave
hers to Chimbiri and Marova drank Chimbiri’s.
They had been additionally made to trade their stools however Chimbiri
informed their captors that she didn’t really feel like defecating.
In a match of rage, one of many captors tore her black gown
and two others sucked her breasts.
In her account, Chimbiri mentioned: “One of many captors acquired
a name and so they all bought out of the pit in a rush.
“They then returned inside a couple of minutes and assisted them
to get out of the pit.
“They gave the impression to be reacting to some directions since they
hurriedly pressured us into their automobile. They drove from the place for some
time, however they might not inform the place they had been going.
They slowed down their automobile and pushed them out of the
The trial is anticipated to proceed tomorrow. Customary