Zim post-election brutality — the proof is in the pictures…

Today I got an email which comprehensively documents the Zimbabwe government’s “Operation Mavoterapapi” – a crackdown of retribution and repression on perceived opposition to the fascist Zanu PF regime. Below is the email reproduced in full. Some pictures are not appropriate for sensitive viewers.

The TRUTH about what is going on in Zimbabwe right now !!!

This is what is going on right now in Zimbabwe – the Mugabe Government has termed it “Operation Mavoterapapi” which translated mean “Operation where did you vote”.

I have just received this email (from relatives in Zimbabwe) and, although it is horribly graphic in some of the pictures, I think it would be a good idea if this flooded the inboxes of everyone’s email.

It is such a tragedy and the victims are completely at the mercy of ruthless thugs with a green light to do just as they please.

The proposed run-off election is going to be more than unfair – it is a human rights travesty.

The photographs below show the charred remains of farm workers homes on Muniya Farm.

Muniya Panganai, a war veteran who seized the farm in 2006 from the former white owner, began evictions on April 15, 2008 as “punishment” because the area had voted overwhelmingly for MDC.

The acting Officer in Charge of the Mutare Police, Mr. Goronga, personally supervised the evictions at gunpoint.

Wanton destruction of homes and property on Muniya (formerly Envant) Farm.

Many of the evicted farm workers are sleeping in the open, surrounded by whatever belongings they were able to take out with them.

There are 106 children under the age of 12 and 113 adults, many of whom are elderly.

They share a single toilet and have limited access to running water.

Vulnerable people left without shelter or livelihood by violent Zanu (PF) supporters.

Efforts are being made to feed these displaced farm workers.

Additional food, tents, mobile toilets and blankets are needed.

Children queue for the little food that is available.

Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote) – post-election violence in Dzivarasekwa, Harare

The photographs below are of a young man (38) from Dzivarasekwa, Harare who was abducted by “soldiers” (militia in full combat camouflage kit and fringed hats).

They beat him for hours with chains and fan belts on his back, chest, feet and hands.

The reason for this terrible beating is that he transported MDC supporters to pre-election rallies.

Photographs taken on April 20, 2008 of results of a severe beating with chains and fan belts,

Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote) – Post-election violence in Penhalonga

The photo’s below are taken on a farm in Penhalonga, Mutare , Zimbabwe .The people in these homes were attacked for being opposition (MDC Tsvangirai) supporters. They were beaten and their houses burnt. They have no-where to go and what they have left is what they could rescue from their houses before everything was burnt. There are approximately 80 people including many children. The local churches has been approached for help and aid for these people,but many have said that they will not help.

Homes laid waste and lives disrupted by pro-Zanu (PF) individuals and initiatives.

People and their belongings – scared and homeless.

Many of the victims displaced by the violence are women and children.

Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote) – Tapiwa Mubwanda’s story

Tapiwa was identified as someone who voted MDC by Zanu PF supporters.

He died Saturday 12 April 2008.

Tapiwa Mubwanda’s demise – as told by Biggie Haurobi, MDC representative, Hurungwe North:

“We are having a very terrible problem now.

As we finished the election Zanu PF has come up with a strategy that they are calling Operation Mavhoterapapi,

They are going around and they have got all the election statistics, and they are identifying the strongholds of MDC, and they are doing everything to destroy MDC membership so if there is ever to be a re-run, they want to make sure they have destroyed the party.

Our polling agents in the rural areas they are staying in the bush, our prominent supporters who are identified by Zanu PF are sleeping in the bush in groups.

The strategy is clear, they are always talking about a re-run and they are saying they want to destroy MDC there.

They are taking peoples IDs and throwing them away, and beating people.

We have nursed a lot of people who have injuries.

They identified him (Tapiwa Mubwanda) without wasting time, they rushed to him and they gave him no chance./

They stabbed him with a very long sword, in his ribs.

Straight away he fell on the ground and within five minutes he was no more.

In the farming community, where there are some resettlements, whoever is identified as an MDC supporter or election agent is being beaten up, victimised, belongings thrown out of their houses, and they are just desperate.

Peoples lives are in danger here in Mashonaland West now.”

Tapiwa’s fatal wounds are displayed.

Tapiwa’s widow.

“We were on our way from Masikote.

They grabbed my husband and said you are the MDC people I want to fix you today.

I ran away because I wanted to take my child to a safe place because I realised that if I stayed they were going to kill me.

Then I had to go back and see what was happening to my husband.

When I got back my husband was lying down, bleeding from the mouth, blood on the stomach, I removed my blouse and put it on his stomach to try and stop the bleeding and make him better”.

Lynos Mubwanda (brother of deceased Tapiwa Mubwanda)


“They used to say that you voted for the MDC, now we want to do this in order to teach you to vote.

You wasted your vote by voting for Tsvangirai.

He will never be the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe will remain.

So we want to teach you to vote so that when we have the run offs that means you will be aware, you will know how to vote.

I was struck by a stone on my forehead, that’s when I fell down.

After falling down I didn’t know what was happening because they came to me, attacking me with sticks all over my body.

Even now I am not feeling ok, I’m in a lot of pain.

Now I can’t help it, I’ve got to go home my brother is going to be buried there and I have got to attend that burial but I am in a lot of pain.

Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote) – Post-election violence in Mashonaland East

The photographs below are of a man from UMP (Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe) area.

He was tied to his hut door by militia and then set alight.

This happened last week and he only managed to get to hospital April 21.

Ambulances trying to go into that area are either turned back by Police or threatened by CIO.

Victims of violence are being prevented from accessing medical assistance by ZRP.

The photo below is of a man from the Mudzi area, Mashonaland East who was brutally beaten on the buttocks by Zanu PF militia for being an MDC supporter.

This occurred on Apr 14.

He was taken to the local government hospital who dressed his wound and gave him Panadol (that was all they had).

Ambulances sent to the area to uplift him and 5 other injured people were turned back by CIO operatives.

The ambulance crew were told that if they valued their lives they would turn back.

The CIO vehicle followed them for over 100 kms to Harare.
This photo gives you an idea of how severe the beating was, and what happens when medical treatment is denied.

Injury exacerbated by withholding of medical treatment.

This man (below) managed to get in to Harare from UMP after three days.

He had burning plastic put on his back and arms.

His home was burned and his animals were doused in diesel and burned alive.

Cruel and inhuman treatment was meted out to this man and his livestock.

Other victims of Mugabe’s Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote)

The images below are of a 22 year old male from Musaruro Village, Mudzi.

He narrated what happened to him:

“The ZPF youth came to my shop on Friday 11 April 2008 at 9pm, broke the door down and dragged me out of the building.

They said “You are an MDC member”.

They took all the groceries from my shop then burned grass on both my hands.

After that they beat my hands and back with wooden poles.

I went to Kotwa rural district hospital and they gave me 2 paracetamol – they had nothing else.”

Injuries sustained by 22 year old from Musaruro Village Mudzi,

He has burns to both hands and left arm.

2 metacarpels and 1 metatarsal bones and ulna broken in the left hand/arm – and – on the right hand, thumb and fifth finger broken.

This 22 year old male from Chibamo Village, Mudzi South (below) said:

“15 or so ZPF youth came to my house on Friday 11 April 2008 and started to hit me with fire wood and kick me in the mouth.

They beat me on my buttocks, left arm and hand.

The perpetrators are known to me (names recorded).

They said “why are you supporting MDC, we promise you we are here to vandalise you”.

Injuries sustained by 22 year old male from Chibamo Village , Mudzi South.

A lacerated top lip and deep tissue bruising and wounds to the buttocks.

The violence continues …

Over 500 farm workers have been displaced in Mutasa South and Chipinge (Tanganda and Southdown Holdings) following invasions by so called war veterans.

A passenger on a bus reported seeing a man being hung by his hands from a tree while a group was beating him at Corner Store, between Muhrewa and Mutoko – this took place at approximately 4 pm Sunday 13 April 2008.

Frans Joubert, a Chipinge farmer has been detained in Chipinge Police cells since Friday for allegedly “insulting President Mugabe”.

He is being denied access to legal representation and relatives.

It has been reported that a teacher in Mudzi has also been murdered and 8 women have been abducted.

We are awaiting verification of this report.

The women shown in the images above were viciously beaten and have sustained deep tissue bruising of the buttocks.

All were admitted to hospital.

These attacks took place on Friday night, April 11, 2008.

This 38 year old woman (left) from Chivaka Village, Mudzi, was beaten with poles for being MDC.

Her fifteen year old daughter (right) was also beaten.

The man on the left has a badly broken foot.

The man on the right is a Kraal Head from Zimuto, Masvingo, was accused of getting people to vote for MDC.

He was stoned and beaten with logs.

His lip was split, he lost two teeth, and he sustained fractured ribs.

His wife is 50 years and was beaten viciously on her right leg.

In addition to these pictures and reports are the following incidents:

The MDC Secretary for Ward 1, Zimuto, Masvinga, who is 36 years old, was attacked on Tuesday in Baradzi Village, Masvingo.

ZPF youths broke his door down and dragged him outside insisting that he take them to all the other MDC members houses.

He refused to comply so was beaten with iron bars and logs of wood.

He slept the night in the bush and then found his way to medical facility.

The thugs referred to their actions as Operation Mavhoterapapi – “where you put your X”.

The Mudzi/Mutoko area is particularly bad, with homes being burned.

One man had his home ransacked, and his chickens and goats burned alive.

He and his family have now left the area, fearing for their lives.

We have also received information that one white farmer in Chipinge is in police cells (lawyers being denied access).

And that 55 farm-worker families have been displaced from Tanganda and Southdown holdings, and are in need of urgent assistance.

There are also a number of injured people who have been beaten with logs requiring medical treatment.

The local Doctor has been displaced. The situation is reported to be out of control.

— end of email —

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