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Zimbabwe Ruling Party Militia Said To Target Victims In Hospitals

The Zimbabwean opposition formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai said a party driver whose body was discovered this past weekend on a farm in Beatrice, south of Harare, will be buried Wednesday in Mhangura, his town of origin in Mashonaland West province.

Joshua Bakacheza’s decomposing body was found after his colleague Tendai Chidziwo, who survived the same attack, provided information as to his whereabouts.

The two were abducted on June 25 while helping the widow of a slain MDC activist move from Harare's Mabvuku suburb to Kuwadzana, another capital district.

Armed men in three trucks blocked their way and took the two men to Beatrice where they tortured, then shot them both in the head.

Chidziwo survived and crawled from the scene, then was picked up by a good Samaritan who brought him to the Avenues Clinic in Harare where he spent a week in a coma.

MDC Information Officer Luke Tamborinyoka told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the ruling ZANU-PF party's militia is now attacking the victims of political violence in hospitals.

Elsewhere, the Zimbabwe Peace Project said in a report that police in Gokwe, Midlands province, on Sunday impounded an ambulance which had gone to transport victims of political violence from the Gokwe-Chireya constituency to hospitals where they could be treated.

Sources at Gokwe Hospital said a team from Doctors Without Borders was denied access to victims of violence when its members attempted to visit the hospital last week.

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