Friday, May 28, 2010
Zimbabwe Gay Activists Beaten and Tortured by Police
The situation in Africa continues to deteriorate. As a final insult, The two men, Tiwonge and Steven, who were sentenced to 14 years at hard labor in Malawi for daring to celebrate their relationship at a private party, were ordered to serve their time in separate prisons. This morning World United Gay Union correspondent Junior Equality Mayema picked up the following story from South West Radio Africa:
A lawyer representing the two employees arrested Friday from the group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), said his clients have been beaten and tortured in custody as part of an orchestrated attempt to target homosexuals, and to try and extract information.
David Hofisi told SW Radio Africa: “Our clients have complained of beatings and torture yesterday. They were beaten on the knees using coca cola bottles and forced into sitting positions without chairs.”
The lawyer said the police were trying to extract information from them relating to the membership of the gay rights group; “They also wanted to know where these members live and to know their partners.”
GALZ administrator Ellen Chademana and accountant Ignatius Muhambi, were arrested last Friday on charges of ‘insulting the office of the President’ and for allegedly possessing ‘pornographic material’. They are still in police custody.