MDC ALLIANCE ASSEMBLY OF WOMEN (AOW) STATEMENT ON THE UNLAWFUL DETENTION AND CONTINUED HARASSMENT OF HON JOANA MAMOMBE BY THE STATE
The MDC Alliance Assembly of women notes with great concern the continued harassment of the Harare West MP Hon Joana Mamombe by the state.
From the time she was abducted, tortured and sexually abused by the state security together with Cecilua Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, the trio have never been treated justly by the government.
Their abductors are walking freely because they are protected by the state and instead of being treated as victims, they are being accused of faking their abduction, an act which we found to be absurd.
The detention is unlawful and her continued harassment and victimisation is uncalled for.
The corrupt Priscah Mupfumira has been out on bail for the past 9 months after pleading with the Court that she was not mentally fit to stand trial which is the same case with Mary Mubaiwa Chiwenga. The Prosecuters had no problem with that and the magistrate only asked for Mupfumira psychiatrist to testify. So why is Joanna being treated differently from these two women? This discrimination and selective application of law must stop.
We are deeply concerned and worried about these developments and know that they are meant to break us and stop women from actively participating in politics and issues that affect our lives. We are not going to keep quiet but will continue speaking out and expressing ourselves as per our constitution.
We call upon all progressive women and other women’s organisations to unite and denounce this government that violates women’s right. We call upon the government to respect the rights of the women.
*We demand the immediate release of Joana Mamombe and other political prisoners*
The Assembly of women will continue to fight for a people’s government that respects human rights and the dignity of women.
Barbara Gwangwara Tanyanyiwa