THE Ministry of Home Affairs has condemned the alleged rape and victimisation of women and civilians by members of security forces following the crackdown on by the army and police force in recent weeks.
By Michael Gwarisa
Foreign media has of late exposed a myriad of atrocities being perpetrated by soldiers in most high density residential areas in Bulawayo, Harare and some parts of the country.
In a statement, Home Affairs minister, Ambassador Cain Mathema said they had received only one official police report by a rape victim and have also seen numerous media reports showing victims of rape and torture.
“The ministry of Home affairs and cultural heritage wishes to acknowledge reports of alledged rape, sexual abuse and assaults that have been perpetrated by security forces during the recent operation. So far, the police has received one such report from St Marys Chitungwiza and the case is already under investigation.
“We have also noted with concern a video that is circulating on social media which was allegedly recorded by ITV, as seen on the logo. It depicts scenes of bruised women alleging rape and sexual abuse at the hands of security forces. We take these rape allegations seriously and investigations be instituted immediately once complainants file reports with the police,” said Amb Mathema.
Zimbabwe’s human rights situation has drastically deteriorated over the past few weeks amidst indications that military personal, ZANU PF militia and members of the police force have been terrorising residents in most suburbs which were believed to be epicentres of the just ended protests which left at least 12 people dead whole 68 other were injured from gunshot wounds.
“I wish to urge all Zimbabweans with information to report such cases to the police or anonymously send information on the following numbers 0712800197 or telephone numbers 0242 703 631, 0242 748836.
“We are therefore making a passionate appeal to all citizens of Zimbabwe to come forward and report any cases of sexual abuse, rape or misconduct by the security forces to the police. All such cases will be investigated. Let me assure all Zimbabweans that government respects the rights of its citizens, access to justice and the right to full protection of the law.”