via Detained vendors’ wounds rotting: Union – New Zimbabwe 19/07/2015
NATIONAL Vendors Union Zimbabwe says the “wounds of our injured members are rotting in detention” accusing prison authorities of denying them access to treatment.
Last Tuesday, members of the union, including Chairperson Sten Zvorwadza, and national director Samuel Wadzai, were arrested in Harare for defying government directive to vacate the “illegal” spaces they were using as marketing malls.
In the process, NAVUZ said some of its members were injured Zvorwadza included.
During their initial remand hearing Wednesday last week, Harare Magistrate Tendai Mahwe ordered the state to give medical attention to the injured vendors.
“Tomorrow (Monday) marks one week after our chairperson, director and members were arrested,” said NAVUZ in a statement Sunday.
“As if this is not enough, our members who have been injured are still without access to medical attention, although Magistrate Tendai Mahwe gave an order that they be given access to medical attention; nothing has been done so far in that respect and their wounds continue to rot in detention.”
Running battles between vendors and municipal cops continue with the former being harassed, arrested and having their wares confiscated.
NAVUZ vows that its members will not be giving up anytime soon.
“No form of violence will deter vendors from pursuing their livelihoods and these arbitrary, cruel, inhuman and barbaric treatment of vendors will only galvanize their unity against such efforts as would deter them eking out a living in these harsh economic circumstances.”