Harare – Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, MDC, says three of its female members, including an MP, have been arrested for lying about being tortured in custody.
The three women were detained in May for attending a protest during lockdown. They alleged state agents then abducted them from the police, beat and sexually assaulted them and forced them to drink each other’s urine.
The arrest comes as UN experts called for the prosecutions of “the perpetrators of this outrageous crime”.
“We were tortured and forced to drink urine”.
The UN special rapporteurs said there was a pattern of forced disappearances “aimed at suppressing protests and dissent”.
Almost 48 hours after the abduction of MP Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Nestai Marova, they were dumped in a marketplace and had to receive medical treatment in hospital for their injuries.
The MDC tweeted that the three were re-arrested on Wednesday at the offices of their lawyers, alleging police had had them under surveillance.