Torture of arrested persons forbidden: Mnangagwa

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Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

VICE-PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said the torture of arrested persons is forbidden as the country is party to the international treaty against the practice.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

The VP was responding to a question in the National Assembly by MDC-T MP Emma Muzondiwa who wanted him to explain if law enforcement agents were allowed to torture people under investigation.

“The government policy and legislation forbids administration and application of torture because Zimbabwe is party to the international treaty against torture,” Mnangagwa said.

“If there are specific incidences the MP must report the cases to the ministry.”

Zimbabwe has a soiled human rights record due to torture and abductions of anti-government activists. Some of the victims of torture and abduction include Zimbabwe Peace Project boss Jestina Mukoko and missing activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted three years ago by suspected State security agents.

MDC-T chief whip Innocent Gonese said Mnangagwa must clearly explain if Zimbabwe had ratified the treaty against torture.

“The MP is correct that Zimbabwe is party to the treaty, but ratification has not been carried out,” the VP said.
In an unrelated matter Harare Central MP Murisi Zvizwai asked VP Phelekezela Mphoko to explain if his National Healing Ministry has come up with a policy to ensure healing of wounds of victims of Gukurahundi and electoral violence.

“We will be looking at five points, which include the Gukurahundi issue, reburial of victim’s remains, especially those bones that are still in the open, empowerment of victims, and issuing of birth and registration documents to the affected people,” Mphoko said without elaborating on the other points.

“We will soon make an announcement to say the Ministry of Home Affairs has set up mobile stations to issue out death and birth certificates. We will put up mass graves, and rebury those bones that are in the open because it is not allowed for people to exhume graves.”

Meanwhile, Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere said the southern parts of Matabeleland and Midlands affected by cyclone Dineo will be declared disaster areas.

“We are also likely to have challenges of incessant rains in northern parts of Zimbabwe, and we have been working closely with the Ministry of Defence which provided us with equipment to rescue people mainly in Tsholotsho. The Social Welfare department has been ensuring food is available to the affected people and each family was supported with $200,” Kasukuwere said.

Magwegwe MP Anele Ndebele claimed rescued villagers in Matabeleland were only being given cooking oil in terms of assistance.

But Kasukuwere denied the claims saying they were given foods rich in proteins, mealie meal as well as cooking oil.

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  1. Ngwena what you are saying is hogwash,Zimbabwe being a party to the international treaty against torture has not stopped CIO,Police, and Soldiers from torturing,abducting and even killing citizens.Most of these heinous crimes against humanity are well documented but not even a single police officer,CIO or soldier has been punished despite overwhelming evidence against them.How many people have been paraded in newspapers unable to walk from the police cells going to courts.Usada kutipusisa Ngwena and your zanu pf mafia,you are just good at rhetoric but all this is happening in front of you and what have you done about it?.I remember the high court issuing a judgement against spot fines, but the police continue demanding spot fines and what have you done about it/?Nothing!So just shut up and we know God has a plan to rescue us from your evil government.We cannot pin our hopes on a government infested with blood thirsty leaders.

  2. Ngwena what you are saying is hogwash,Zimbabwe being a party to the international treaty against torture has not stopped CIO,Police, and Soldiers from torturing,abducting and even killing citizens.Most of these heinous crimes against humanity are well documented but not even a single police officer,CIO or soldier has been punished despite overwhelming evidence against them.How many people have been paraded in newspapers unable to walk from the police cells going to courts.Usada kutipusisa Ngwena and your zanu pf mafia,you are just good at rhetoric but all this is happening in front of you and what have you done about it?.I remember the high court issuing a judgement against spot fines, but the police continue demanding spot fines and what have you done about it/?Nothing!So just shut up and we know God has a plan to rescue us from your evil government.We cannot pin our hopes on a government infested with blood thirsty leaders.Zvichapera!

  3. Yaah you are correct Janana this crocodile is just good at waffling without action, i think he’s just a dog without teeth, he’s a minister of Justice bt all sinister motives are happening and he’s quiet, this man is just a useless “Duck”

    • He is a politician. He says what is expected of him to say but does what serves his own interests and purposes. That is what a politician does.

  4. Torture is a good instrument for extracting confessions provided it does exceed the exposure levels to which the President and Commander in Chief was subjected to by Ian Smith. Torture saves money, you Dont Lee victim too long if you torture them well enough either they say or they die period. Further the prospect of torture keeps you in line.

  5. Solomon Mujuru died in a torture session the result being good riddance of the revolutions biggest sellout towering high above Nyathi’s Nyadzonya ambushscade

  6. The same torture as received by Jestina Mukoko applied to Ngwena or Robert will yield quantum of information indigestible for the rest of out natural lives where Gukurahundi is concerned. Torture is good.

  7. He is telling the simple truth as it is. what is happening on the ground is something else. People are forbidden to commit crimes but crimes are committed everyday. Is that Ngwena’s fault that people are stealing, killing, robing etc. The police and courts are supposed to protect the rights of citizens but there are the most offenders. Ngwena is not the commander in chief who has power to change the generals and leaders who are failing to rein in their subordinates. Imwi busy nanga nanga na Ngwena. Maida kuti ataure kuti zvinotenderwa zvekushungurudzwa kwevasungwa kunoitwa na mapurisa here. Hazvitenderweba full stop.

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