The State ordered three hospitalised MDC Alliance activists to wear female prison garb while lying on their beds when the magistrate court convened at the hospital earlier this week.
In a statement, the party’s Welfare Department said nine prison guards were stationed in the trio’s ward and this could create conditions for re-traumatisation.
The statement read:
After the magistrate court convened at the hospital, #MDCA3 were put under heavy guard with 9 prison guards in their ward.
They were also made to wear the female prisons green dress and the #njema jersey.
State’s inconsiderate actions are creating conditions for re-traumatisation.
The activists, Harare West MP Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova were granted $1 000 bail each by a Harare magistrate at their hospital beds on Thursday.
They were charged with contravening lockdown regulations by engaging in an illegal demonstration on 13 May 2020.
The three were seized by gunmen at a police roadblock while coming from the demonstration in Warren Park, Harare and physically and se_xually assaulted by suspected State agents two weeks ago.
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