Abduction and Torture of Sylvanos Mudzvova

On 12 September 2016 at around 10:45pm, about six alleged state security agents wielding guns broke into the home of Sylvanos Mudzvova (38), in Crowborough, Harare, from where they abducted him in full view of his wife and children.

Source: Abduction and Torture of Sylvanos Mudzvova – The Zimbabwean 14.09.2016 by Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum

Sylvanos is the acting #Tajamuka/Sesijikile spokesperson.  He was blindfolded with sackcloth and bundled into the abductors’ vehicle before being driven to a bush close to Farm B in Nharira Hills. At the farm 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 and his involvement with the discussions around the National Transitional Authority amongst other issues.  When the agents were disturbed by passersby they drove away leaving Sylvanos unconscious, after injecting him with an unknown substance.  Sylvanos, who is currently admitted at Avenues Clinic, suffered injuries on his back, legs, and genitals.

Abductions or enforced disappearances violate an individual’s right to life; personal liberty; human dignity; to personal security and freedom from torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment that are all protected under the Constitution of Zimbabwe. Human rights defenders and political activists in Zimbabwe continue to be victims of enforced disappearances.

The Forum condemns the continued use of torture by state security agencies as a means of intimidating, investigating and obtaining information or confessions from real or perceived enemies of the state. Torture is a crime prohibited under domestic, regional and international law and the government must bring all perpetrators to account.

 

COMMENTS

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    Fallenz 6 years ago

    Sad that such instances of political persecution receive nothing more than lip-service (at best) from the government… but say something unkind about Mugabe, and the policia or CIO (Gestapo) will search to the ends of the earth and use every resource available to hunt you down.

    Zim is becoming more like Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, and Kim’s North Korea all the time. The time will come when history will add “Mugabe’s Zimbabwe” to that list of ruin.

    Freedom? No way. Freedom Fighters? Hardly. It was a bank heist from the beginning, and now that the bank vaults are empty, it’s about power and preservation for a few.

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    harper 6 years ago

    I don’t know about “becoming” more like Kim’s North Korea. What about the 500 plus people arrested and tortured in 1986 following the SA Raid on the ANC Office in Harare? Only released a year later when the Review Tribunal finally accepted that the SA forces would not have involved over 500 locals in advance of the raid.

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    there is no democrasy in zim

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    Diasporan 6 years ago

    How do these animals sleep, bloody B45t4r6s. Lets hope this whole regime gets it’s comeuppance.

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    james jena 6 years ago

    Their time is near god will definitely punish them. All countries must never help these people or may I say zanu animals.

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    Sylvanos Mudzvova iwe wayiti Zvinokupa sadza here izvozvo….Zimbos don’t be adamant zvisina basa Apa..Everywhre u go there are a set of Rules…so is this Country too…Either u adhere to them o go shove yo 5??Sylvanos Mudzvova iwe wayiti Zvinokupa sadza here izvozvo….Zimbos don’t be adamant zvisina basa Apa..Everywhre u go there are a set of Rules…so is this Country too…Either u adhere to them o go shove yo 5?? fingers in Morgan’s Arse…

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      Fallenz 6 years ago

      That would be fine if the rules are enforced equally for everyone. But, in Zim some are more “equal” than others. Violence by ZANU-PF supporters is ignored, while statements by opposition viewed as unkind or unsupportive of zanupf is cause for arrest or “disappearance”. Those are the rules of savages.

      Lawful rules are needed in every country, but law and freedom in Zim is thwarted by partisanship. Like food aid and ag inputs, freedom is politicized by the government. Wrong colour or wrong tribe or wrong political party, and you get nothing… no food, no inputs, no justice, no freedom. Those are mafia rules.

      Somewhere down the road, the tables may be turned, and then zanupf will cry how unfair it is… ignoring how they themselves were so evil in their brand of “justice and freedom for all”.

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    Change is inevitable. The people will rebound, retaliate, deviate and rebel against injustice. Mugabe created desolution and tittles it peace. No peace is in ZIM dont be fooled by passing bags of mealie-meal. Instead focus on painting the big picture rather sweating the details. Mugabe must go.