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Mugabe’s Militia Murders Opponent’s Wife

John on June 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Hasn’t Robert Mugabe’s time as brutal Zimbabwean dictator come to an end? He did lose the election; yet there he is, still in power. Look, I’m not suggesting (a la Pat Robertson) that someone should “take him out.” That would be…hmmm, no actually that would be well deserved:

The men who pulled up in three white pickup trucks were looking for Patson Chipiro, head of the Zimbabwean opposition party in Mhondoro district. His wife, Dadirai, told them he was in Harare but would be back later in the day, and the men departed.

An hour later they were back. They grabbed Mrs Chipiro and chopped off one of her hands and both her feet. Then they threw her into her hut, locked the door and threw a petrol bomb through the window.

The killing last Friday – one of the most grotesque atrocities committed by Robert Mugabe’s regime since independence in 1980 – was carried out on a wave of worsening brutality before the run-off presidential elections in just over two weeks. It echoed the activities of Foday Sankoh, the rebel leader in the Sierra Leone civil war that ended in 2002, whose trade-mark was to chop off hands and feet.

Mrs Chipiro, 45, a former pre-school teacher, was the second wife of a junior official of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) burnt alive last Friday by Zanu (PF) militiamen. Pamela Pasvani, the 21-year-old pregnant wife of a local councillor in Harare, did not suffer mutilation but died later of her burns; his six-year-old son perished in the flames.

Let’s just say I’ll be okay with whatever happens to Mugabe and the scum that work for him. May it happen soon.

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