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Suspected state agents raid Gertrude Hambira's house

Three heavily armed men suspected to be state security agents
yesterday, 3 November 2009 at around 10pm raided the house of General
Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ)
Secretary General and Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Vice Chairperson,
Ms. Getrude Hambira demanding to know her whereabouts.

The three, who were driving a Datsun 120Y, allegedly broke into Ms.
Hambira's family home which was occupied by her husband, mother, 5
year old son and two cousins and proceeded to her bedroom where they
harassed Mr. Hambira demanding to know his wife's whereabouts.
Realizing that Mr. Hambira remained adamant, refusing to disclose his
wife's location, one of the men fired a warning shot before
arbitrarily assaulting him. The trio went ahead to ransack the house,
seized two mobile phones, a t-shirt belonging to Mr. Hambira and a
family photo album before fleeing the house.

When the incident occurred, Ms. Hambira was in the United States
attending a symposium of Zimbabwe on Healing, Reconciliation and
Reconstruction at the Syracuse University together with the Minister
of National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, Ms Sekai Holland
whose delegation included two aides seconded to her by the government.
It is believed that the two aides played a role in the raid of Ms.
Hambira's home as they quizzed her, during the trip, on a documentary
on farm invasions produced by GAPWUZ which is scheduled for release on
the 9th of November 2009.

The raid comes amid rising concerns over the degeneration of the
political situation in Zimbabwe. Since the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC)'s disengagement from ZANU PF in the inclusive government,
attacks on the MDC and members of civil society have increased.

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