Zanu-PF women’s league chairperson Oppah Muchinguri, who is also the co-chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), says she is studying for a PhD and [will] use the opportunity to write about the difficult experiences of women during the war of liberation including rape.
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Muchinguri said this while addressing a group of women who were raped during the 2008 elections in Harare. The women will tell their experiences to the public at a sexual violence and peace conference to be held in Harare this week.
“What I want to tell you about are things that happened a long time ago. No-one has written about it and I am looking forward to doing it next year. I will try and trace the experiences I saw during the war of liberation while I was in Mozambique and what I experienced,” said Muchinguri who is seen as a walking encyclopedia of the country’s war of liberation.
“We used to stay in several bases. That time [Ian] Smith used to send Selous scouts whose job was to harrass women and rape them. Rape was a tool that was used to chase women away from the frontline. In politics rape is used as a weapon to weaken women.”
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