Pro-democracy campaigner Mombeyarara hospitalised after being abducted and tortured

By Court Reporter

Tatenda Mombeyarara, a pro-democracy campaigner has been hospitalised
after he was abducted on Wednesday 14 August 2019 and tortured by some
unidentified men, who seized him from his residence in Chitungwiza.

The 37 year-old Mombeyarara was abducted by six heavily armed men who
assaulted and severely tortured him after they seized him from his
Chitungwiza residence on Wednesday morning before dumping him at a
quarry mine near Hatfield suburb in Harare.

Mombeyarara’s tormentors wanted him to furnish them with details
pertaining to an anti-government protest organised by the opposition
MDC party and scheduled for Friday 16 August 2019.

During interrogation, the unidentified men asked Mombeyarara, a
well-known Human Rights Defender (HRD), about the number of people
expected to attend the demonstration and other details such as how the
protest had been organised.

The unidentified men also interrogated Mombeyarara about the training
which he allegedly received in Maldives in May.

Although Mombeyarara denied any involvement about organising the
anti-government protest and any knowledge of the details of the
demonstration, his tormentors continued torturing him using a torture
method commonly referred to as *Falanga*, which entails beating the
HRD under his feet.

Over the years, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights has documented
several cases, where state security agents used the Falanga torture
method against HRDs in a desperate bid to extract confessions during
interrogations.

Mombeyarara is one of several people arrested in May and charged with
subverting constitutional government for allegedly plotting to
overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. He is currently
out of custody on remand and his trial is yet to commence on charges
on contravening section 22(2)(a)(iii) of the Criminal Law
(Codification and Reform) Act.