ZIMBABWEAN police’s denial that 10 squatters died at Porta Farm following police misuse of teargas was rebutted by Amnesty International this week when the human rights watchdog disclosed the name
s of those killed.
Police retaliated by vilifying the international human rights organisation. Police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena, branded the organisation “liars” and insisted that noone had been killed.
“I see a lot of inaccuracies in that list of names of people that Amnesty claims died from police misuse of teargas. I am still trying to verify with Norton police whether it is true,” Bvudzijena said on Wednesday.
Police last week challenged Amnesty to produce the names and hospital records of the people it claimed were killed when police fired teargas into homes during an attempt to forcibly evict the settlers.Bvudzijena said: “We saw that statement (by Amnesty). But Amnesty must provide the names of the people that it says died. If the people died at hospital, then there should be a report from the hospital as evidence.
Amnesty International this week named the deceased after obtaining sworn affidavits the relatives of the dead. They are Fungai Livson’s one-day-old son who had not yet been named, Ronald Job Daniel (five months), Matilda Matsheza (five months), Yolanda Rungano (five months), Monalisa Banda (seven months), Kuyeka Phiri (30), Viola Mupetsi (30), Julia Nheredzo (32), Raphael Chatima (40) and Vasco John (65).
The Amnesty report also said an eleventh person, Angeline Nhamoinesu, aged 46, had since died.
“All 11 deaths were reported to Norton Police Station or to a police post based at Porta Farm by relatives of the deceased,” Amnesty said in a statement.