Youth terrorise Harare suburbs, allegations of ZANU-PF connection

A reign of terror was unleashed in Harare’s high density suburbs by youths suspected of being a part of a Zanu-PF militia that graduated from the Border Gezi Youth Training Centre in Mount Darwin. Officially the centre is was set up as a Nation Service training facility. The youths wore the official green military fatigues being issued to graduates from the centre.

A total of seven murders were reported; the highest number for any month in 2001. In two of the murders, the victim’s heads were hacked off. This figure excludes the disputed death of Laban/Lambani Chiweta.

A list of all reported deaths as at 31 December 2001 due to political violence is given at the end of this report.

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