Tuesday, January 13, 2009


A Zimbabwe security guard stands next to a notice board, on January 13, 2009 at the entrance of a private school in Harare, announcing the delay in the opening of schools following an order by the education ministries. Schools in Zimbabwe delayed opening while waiting for results of national examinations which have yet to be released as the government battles to pay teachers marking the examinations. Schools were set to open today for the new academic year, but education secretary Stephen Mahere said in the government mouthpiece Herald newspaper that classes would not resume until January 27 because last year's exams were not yet marked.

A Zimbabwean looks at a new 50 billion dollar bank note issued by Zimbabwe's central bank on January 13, 2009. The bank has been introducing new banknotes every month sometimes more than once a month as the country battles to catch up with runaway inflation fast eroding the value of the local currency.

Bothwell Pasipamire, the first member of Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to escape from the current wave of abductions in Zimbabwe, speaks to the media in Johannesburg on January 13, 2009. Pasipamire was kidnapped in December 2008 and recently escaped. He is now in South Africa.

Zimbabwe activist haunted by detention

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean opposition activist described on Tuesday how he was taken from his home at night and tortured. But it was the sound of men crying out for their mothers in other cells that will haunt him for life.

Local government councillor Bothwell Pasipamire said four Zimbabwean secret policemen took him away from his family just after midnight on December 13. and that he was beaten and humiliated at what he described as a torture camp.

No officials were immediately available for comment, but President Robert Mugabe's government has repeatedly rejected allegations of torturing opponents.



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