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The perils of opposing Mugabe
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change youth leader spoke slowly and deliberately through his broken jaw about how he was beaten and tortured just for supporting the wrong party.
His jaw is broken in two places, his hand still terribly swollen and on his back a mark from where he was beaten with a belt - the buckle as clear as if someone had traced a marker pen around it and filled it in with bruising.
His injuries were two weeks old when I saw them.
"I was attacked by 25 war vets from Zanu-PF, who said I was an opposition youth ringleader so they wanted to get rid of me by eliminating me," he said.
It's a familiar story - of those brave enough to stand up and campaign, or even just support the opposition in Zimbabwe.
"Within a flash they started assaulting me. They beat me very hard. I think the main reason is that I support the opposition."
He was attacked after the Lupane by-election in May was won by the ruling Zanu-PF party.
Thousands were killed by his specially trained soldiers, to quash opposition and ensure one-party rule.
Today no-one who opposes the government is safe, and that puts opposition MPs directly in the firing line.
The Zimbabwe Institute, a think-tank based in South Africa, has launched a report detailing the human rights abuses opposition MPs have suffered.
Fifty were questioned - that's 80% of all opposition members of parliament - and the report shows all of them have suffered some form of abuse or intimidation.
"There have been policemen torturing members of parliament - including electric shock treatment.
"This has got to be one of the few countries in the world that allows the opposition into parliament and then tortures them and refuses to prosecute those responsible - even when they are extremely well known," she said. Shari Eppel believes there is now less violence - other methods are being pursued as the threat of violence is enough to persuade people to vote Zanu-PF.
"The MDC won the by-election in Lupane, but the ruling party is using tactics which made a difference," said the MDC's unsuccessful candidate, Njabuliso Mguni.
"We had war-vets disrupting our meetings and we were getting no assistance from the police. The war vets were getting money to go and intimidate people - others were being bussed in to vote from other areas. When Zanu-PF had political meetings people were forced to go."
A 20-year-old I spoke to was forced to go to a camp, afraid he would not be able to get a job, or that his parents would be tortured if he did not take national service.
"The main aim was for us to beat people who supported the MDC - the opposition party. We were also told to kidnap people for the camps - people of our age."
In the Lupane by-election there was also evidence that chiefs (traditional leaders ) were being used to compile lists of voters and to urge them to vote the right way.
Lists mean a lot to the people of Matabeleland - in the 1980s those on lists were hunted down and killed.
The ruling party denies the political violence and some say it might recede ahead of next year's poll.
Critics says it may be able to ensure victory because of its control over the voters' roll.
The opposition has demands for electoral reform ahead of parliamentary elections next March and insists these must be met if they are to take part.
It's a difficult decision - to take part in an election with a disadvantage and be well beaten, or withdraw from the democratic system altogether.