Jestina Mukoko Still Feeling The Traumatic Experience On Her Abduction 12 Years On, Perpetrators Still Walking Scot Free.
3 December 2020
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Paul Nyathi

Jestina Mukoko

Jestina Mukoko was abducted by some unidentified armed men from her home in Norton on 3 December 2008, exactly 12 years to date, her abductors are still roaming the streets without arrest.

The abduction is a harrowing experience that still haunts her 12 years on. Like a horror movie, it plays back each time Jestina Mukoko hears of another abduction case.

The wounds never heal, she once said.

She is overly conscious about her surroundings and is always uncomfortable in unfamiliar environs.

These are the effects of the traumatic ordeal that the journalist-turned-human rights activist suffered at the hands of former president Robert Mugabe’s henchmen.

Mukoko still lives in fear, more than a decade after she was abducted and tortured together with two ZPP employees Broderick Takawira and Pascal Gonzo, who were also abducted later in December 2008 remained unknown until December 24, 2008, when they first appeared before the Harare Magistrates Court, after weeks of being held incommunicado and being tortured.

In court, Jestina and her colleagues and dozens of other pro-democracy campaigners were accused by government of plotting to topple Robert Mugabe’s administration through recruiting people to undergo military training in neighbouring Botswana.

In her Tweet this morning Mukoko expresses her concerns on lack of action against her perpetrators.