Govt investigates alleged abduction, murder of activist
Harare (New Ziana) – The government on Thursday appealed to the public for information which can assist investigations into the death of opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) member, Tapfumaneyi Masiya.
Masaya, a CCC activist, who was allegedly abducted by unknown assailants last week in Mabvuku, has been found dead.
Responding to questions from legislators in the National Assembly, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi said the government is committed to safeguarding citizens’ right to life.
“We have a policy that informs what the laws must be, and we have a constitution that clearly indicates that we must protect the right to life. We have a constitution that prohibits enforced disappearances. So, the policy of the government is already there,” he said.
CCC legislators took the opportunity to accuse the state of torturing and murdering Masiya.
But Ziyambi urged those with information which can assist police investigations to come forward.
“What is needed is, if there is anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of these individuals that they are alleging ‘abducted’ or did whatever they did, they must provide the investigating officers with that information so that they can investigate fully and ensure that they are prosecuted. The policy position of government is that we are a peaceful nation. We do not want anyone to be harassed. We do not want anyone to barricade their houses before they go to sleep. So, if anyone knows anyone who is doing things that are contrary to our laws, they have to be reported and exposed,” he said.