#ShutdownZimbabwe: 'Soldier Admits to Rape' During Crackdown

Harare — The aftermath of the recent stayaway and looting escapade in Zimbabwe has yielded horror tales, especially for women.

As the security forces continue their crackdown, hordes of women claim to have been raped by marauding soldiers, in a bid to fish out so-called riot participants.  

Even respected clergyman have condemn the act. Tom Deuschle, the founder of Celebration Churches International has added his voice to contain the scourge.

"Spoke to one of Zimbabwe’s fine nurse counselors yesterday. Stories of more than 23 children she had treated—all brutalized physically + sexually during recent political upheaval. 

"They all identified police as perpetrators! Unacceptable! Cannot be swept under the carpet," Deuschle wrote on Twitter. 
Zimbabwean Soldier Admits to Rape Crime

The pastor's condemnation has been supported by a soldier who testified to the heinous act.

"Our lieutenant told us to go in and find them. We got our information of where the Movement for Democratic Change activists live from members of our party, Zanu PF," the soldier told the Telegraph this week.

According to his own account, the soldier would take part in systematically breaking legs and would personally commit at least one rape in a door-to-door operation on the night of January 15.

"We have received very disturbing reports of a number of cases of women allegedly raped by members of security forces," Dewa Mavhinga, southern Africa director for Human Rights Watch, said on Friday.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she had not received any reports of rape. The soldier the Telegraph said he had no regrets and freely admitted to committing a rape. 

“It was night. We were looking for someone in the MDC. We had an address, this lady was sleeping with a light on. I asked is her husband there, and she said she doesn't have one. I was done in a minute," he said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described violence perpetrators as 'rouge soldiers' who stole security gear to tarnish the image of the country. — Online Sources 

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