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Protest From Zimbabwe House Committee Hints At Ruling Party Dissent

In an unusual parliamentary development, the Zimbabwe house committee on transport and communication has demanded an investigation into the brutal beating Sunday of opposition member Nelson Chamisa, who sits on that committee.

The committee wrote to clerk of parliament Austin Zvoma urging him to recommend to the house speaker that parliament condemn the attack and open an investigation into Chamisa’s beating at Harare International Airport on Sunday by eight to 10 suspected agents of the Central Intelligence Organization, committee sources said.

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, said that the committee is "shocked" that a legislator could be attacked at the airport where security is high and surveillance cameras are numerous.

The committee, chaired by Leo Mugabe, nephew of President Robert Mugabe, said "a full investigation is in order as Chamisa was on national duty."

Human rights lawyer Dewa Mavhinga noted in an interview with reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the ruling party holds the majority on the house panel, indicating there is at least tacit dissent within the ruling party on the president’s ruthless response to the opposition and his moves to extend his stay in office.

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