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Parliament to quiz Mohadi, Mutsekwa over Torture

PARLIAMENT will next week question the co-ministers of Home Affairs — Kembo Mohadi and Giles Mutsekwa — on alleged use of torture by security forces to extract confessions from suspects and explain why Zimbabwe is yet to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

According to the House of Assembly order paper, Mohadi and Mutsekwa on Wednesday will be questioned by MPs on the use of torture by the police. The lawmakers would be expected to grill the ministers on the alleged torture endured by political and civil society activists abducted and arrested last year.

Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) executive director, Jestina Mukoko, who was released from prison almost two weeks ago, claimed that she was tortured and beaten by the police while in their custody.

Mukoko alleged that she was beaten on the soles of her feet and all over her body.

Apart from Mohadi and Mutsekwa facing questions in parliament, Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu, Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa, Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Youth Development minister Saviour Kasukuwere, and Information Communication Technology minister Nelson Chamisa will also be asked to give explanations on an array of issues.

Mpofu is expected to answer questions on the deployment of the army to Chiadzwa diamond fields, the legality of present mining and the impact it was having on the environment and the people around the area.

Chinamasa will be grilled on reports of deaths from hunger and cholera at Chipinge Prison, and Chamisa will be asked to explain why cellphone users in the country have to pay higher prices for sim cards and airtime compared to other countries in the region.

MPs, according to the order paper, will ask Kasukuwere to explain government’s decision to use youths in last June’s presidential election run-off.

Mnangagwa will be taken to task on the reported issuing of firearms to retired army personnel and war veterans during and before the run-off presidential election.   

BY LOUGHTY DUBE 

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