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Zim ‘abduction’ horror reveals Crocodile’s bite is as bad as Mugabe

Women’s torturous ordeal evokes the late dictator’s era, but there is talk that Mnangagwa may be ousted

Peta Thornycroft

The footage makes for uncomfortable viewing. Sobbing, her body heaving, Zimbabwe’s youngest MP relived her ordeal at the hands of men she is convinced were agents of the state.

Arrested for taking part in an anti-government protest on May 13, Joana Mamombe says she was taken to a forest and thrown into a pit with her fellow detainees, two female members of the opposition MDC Alliance. For nearly 36 hours the women were allegedly beaten, sexually assaulted with handguns and forced to drink each other’s urine.

For many Zimbabweans, the allegations levelled by Mamombe, 27, carry overtones of the brutal presidency of Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in a coup in 2017 and died in September 2019. Even the official response was heavily redolent of that era...

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