By A Correspondent- A group of construction workers have discovered human remains suspected to belong to a member of the opposition, abducted and tortured for a month at a Zanu PF torture camp in Bubi, Matabeleland, North ahead of the violent 2002 election.
The remains, complete with a skull, were discovered by builders last week, who were digging a foundation for a house a few metres from Lukona Primary School and Lukona clinic in Bubi’s Kenilworth area that is being turned into a township.
Ahead of the 2002 elections, Lukona Primary and clinic were turned into Zanu PF torture camps, where opposition supporters were brought for torture for days on end for daring to support the MDC then led by the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
Marvellous Muleya and Newman Magutshwa, then members of the MDC provincial security department, survived after escaping from the torture base after 31 days of being kept in pits alongside their colleague Thembeni Ndebele, who could not make it.
“Between 2001 and 2002, there were two militia bases in the area, one at the headmasters’ cottage at the school and another at the clinic just less than 200 metres apart,” a villager told Sunday Southern Eye.
“From Lukona Primary to the point where these human remains were found, we are 100% certain and with no doubt that those bones belong to an opposition member who succumbed to torture.
“We know a lot of people, some who have died, who were in charge of that torture camp if this matter is pursued to Tnality.
“We also know a signiTcant number, who survived torture at that camp and can be witnesses.”
Abductions and enforced disappearances of government critics have become an established pattern since post-independence in Zimbabwe to silent dissent.