WATCH: Man whose brother 'killed in Zim election violence' manhandled

2017-03-18 11:30
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Harare - If you want evidence that Zimbabweans are united in their hopes for change and justice, this is not where you're going to see it.

"Appalled", "This is what happened in my village" - here are some of the reactions to a video posted to Facebook by opposition MP Jessie Majome that shows the silencing in public this week of a man whose brother was killed by alleged Zanu-PF supporters in Zimbabwe's 2008 election violence.

The clip shows the man - named by Majome as Hilton Chironga - trying to speak during a public hearing of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill in the northern town of Bindura. 

He is pulled by the belt and made to sit down "and thereby shut up and blocked from presenting his views", Majome wrote. 

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She said the group that turned on Chironga on Thursday were ruling party councillors led by the Bindura deputy mayor.

Chironga's brother (some reports say it was his father) Gibbs was a just-elected opposition councillor when he was killed in June 2008. Violence hit Zimbabwe's rural areas after President Robert Mugabe's loss in the first round of presidential elections in March of that year. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the second round of voting but was later brought into a power-sharing government.

MP Majome, who has been travelling around Zimbabwe as part of a parliamentary team conducting public hearings on the bill, said the manhandling of Chironga left her fighting tears and "almost unable to function as an MP."

Rights group Heal Zimbabwe said in a statement that the high levels of intolerance displayed at the Bindura meeting (and apparently at another hearing in Chinhoyi) "serves to affirm that Zimbabwe is in dire need of healing and reconciliation".

Commented one Facebook user: "Zimbabwe is a hell-hole. Mugabe has killed the hopes of an entire generation." 

Elections are due in Zimbabwe in 2018 and Mugabe says he will stand.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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