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MDC Activists Mavhunga and Mafararikwa Granted ZW$ 5 000 Bail

Lengwani Mavhunga and Munyaradzi Mafararikwa
Lengwani Mavhunga and Munyaradzi Mafararikwa

By Sheryleen Masuku

MDC Alliance MP For Zengeza West Hon Job Sikhala said the two MDC-A activists Legwani Mavhunga and Munyaradzi Mafararikwa who were arrested and tortured in police custody last month for obstructing traffic have been released on bail and will receive psychological counselling.

Sikhala Tweeted that the two victims of torture where released on a 5000 RTGS bail early this morning by Justice Webster Chinamhora.

The two MDC Alliance activists were granted bail although it was opposed by the state public prosecutor.

“State Public Prosecutor Kachidza made a joke of herself opposing bail that they are facing a serious charge.

Serious charge of obstructing justice. Shame” said Sikhala in a Tweet shortly after their release.

Videos of the two activists went viral on social media last month following allegations of torture in police custody which left the two men barely able to walk or stand.

Mavhungwa was reportedly sprayed with acid on his face while they were being tortured.

Pictures of a badly beaten Mavhunga with visible skin burns went viral on social media and sparked an outcry from Human Rights Activists who accuse the Zanu PF led administration of torturing and persecuting activists on trivial charges.

Speaking to SlyMediaNews this morning, Sikhala said the MDC Alliance has arranged for the two activists to receive psychological counselling.

“They are being taken by Counselling Services Unit for counselling as we speak”.

Acid Survivors Trust International, a charity organisation that helps survivors of acid attacks said acid violence is a particularly vicious premeditated violence, where acid is thrown usually at the face to disfigure, maim and

blind the victim
Survivors often require long term support and rehabilitation.


Robert Tapfumaneyi