MDC Abductions: Top lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa puts security apparatus to test

TOP human rights Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has bared her soul  in a sarcastic letter to President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday,  demanding that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) must prove that soldiers never got involved in the abductions of the three MDC Alliance females members.

Three MDC officials were recently reportedly abducted, tortured and sexually abused by alleged members of the security forces, among them Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marowa.

 “To you, General Valerio Sibanda, in your capacity as head of our Defence Forces, if anyone of your men and women were involved in the despicable acts perpetrated against these three young women, you are as responsible as if you held that gun that was used to simulate sexual intercourse,” part of the letter read.

“If none of your members was involved, as head of the Defence Forces, which is associated with guns, you have the obligation to prove through a public and inclusive process that the members of the Defence Forces had nothing to do with these abominable acts.

“And as a member of Joint Operation Command, you have the added responsibility to ensure that none in the defense, security and police sectors do anything that puts the Government of Zimbabwe into disrepute,” Mtetwa said.

“If the ZDF member were not directly involved in these atrocities, you still have the obligation to ensure that those responsible for the abductions, torture and other abuses these young women were subjected to are publicly brought to account for their actions,“ she added.

Mtetwa’s profound letter comes after the alleged abductions of the three divided the nation with police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga promising to make public outcome of the investigations.

The three were found dumped in Muchapondwa , Bindura where they were left with injuries by unknown assailants who accused them of illegal demonstration.

On Wednesday, President Mnangagwa condemned any form of illegal demonstrations in his keynote speech at the burial of national hero Absalom Sikhosana.