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Energy Mutodi blasts doctors over 1 August killings report

by Mandla Ndlovu
17 Nov 2018 at 12:36hrs | Views
Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting Services has blasted the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR)  over the post election violence report that the doctors released.

Mutodi said the doctors were not qualified to reach a conclusion on who fired the gunshots that left 6 people dead and many others wounded.

"Unless one is a bogus medical doctor, he or she cannot purport to tell who unleashed the arrow that injured a patient. A doctor is a specialist not in ballistics but anatomy, paediatrics, neurology  and  epidemiology. There can never be specialist doctors for human rights." Mutodi said.

ZADHR in a report said it had attended to 11 people with gapping gun-shot wounds and accused government of a cover-up job while in one case the feared Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) tried to interfere with medical work.

The report titled: Zimbabwe a New Era/Error and compiled by medical doctors Norman Matara and Fortune Nyamande, documents cases the group attended to between August 1 and September 5, including 72 cases of politically-motivated violence.

The ZADHR report says there was disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force (by the army), resulting in the death of at least 6 civilians and a lot more were injured.

"In the following days the army carried out a crackdown in Harare s high-density suburbs that included beatings and harassment of people. In other areas such as Muzarabani, Mutoko and Maramba-Pfungwe, opposition supporters and party polling agents were displaced from their homes after being threatened with torture or death, or both,"ZADHR said.

ZADHR provided emergency medical and surgical treatment to victims, conducted rigorous in-depth interviews with survivors and offered psychological counselling services.

Source - Byo24News