Harare, 13 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe are decrying violence against elderly persons in the Southeastern African nation that they say is “politically related”.
A video circulating on social media shows elderly persons in Murehwa, some 100 km north of Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, being publicly flogged while being interrogated for associating themselves with a political party.
Members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCBC) condemn the assault, which took place on January 8, describing it as a “barbaric act of violence”.
In their Thursday, January 12 collective statement, ZCBC members say, "It is disturbing that the violence is being meted out against senior citizens, people who should be enjoying the rights brought about by our independence.”
“What is more worrisome is that the violence captured in the video is politically related," Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe say.