Student activist abducted, left for dead over CCC association – report

By Staff Reporter

Chinhoyi university student activist and opposition ally Valentine Ziko was Monday seized by suspected state agents who reportedly tortured and interrogated him about the opposition CCC plans.

Sharing images of a bruised activist, CCC legislator Fadzayi Mahere was bundled onto a car and driven to an unknown location to face the ordeal.

In an X (Twitter) post, Mahere said;

“We’ve received a report that Valentine Ziko, a student, was abducted from Chinhoyi University of Technology yesterday. During a violent police raid, a group of unknown men attacked and blindfolded him.

“They bundled him into a car where they started assaulting him. They took him to an unknown location, tortured and sprayed cold water on him while demanding the whereabouts of other named students.

“They kept beating him up and forced him to unlock his phone. They interrogated him about @Zinasuzim and @CCCZimbabwe.

“They interrogated him about the CCC plan following the forced removal of CCC MP, Hon Kufahakutizwe, from Mabvuku Tafara constituency. He told them he wasn’t aware of CCC plans whereupon they bundled him back into a vehicle and dropped him off close to a local bridge where he eventually received assistance.

“The hounding and torture of members of the Student Movement must be condemned by all progressive citizens. It’s not a crime to push for improved student welfare, better learning conditions and education delivery that works for everyone.”

Ziko’s alleged ordeal follows similar cases involving some CCC activists who have been seized and tortured by suspected state agents.

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