The victims of the killing squads
How Mugabe's hard men are attempting to eliminate the opposition activists
Many totally innocent and non-political Zimbabweans have fallen victim to the Zanu-PF terror gangs who roam both town and countryside today. But behind the picture of random persecution and death it is possible to isolate many deliberate and targeted attacks. Here are two of them.
Tichanzii Gandanga was the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party's election agent for Harare province, and indeed, with no thanks to Robert Mugabe, he still is. But he can barely stand today, let alone walk. Last Wednesday, at about 6.0 pm, four men arrived suddenly at his central Harare office.
"They told me I knew my crimes, and had to confess," Gandanga told me, from his bed in a private hospital, which I've been asked not to name.
"They blindfolded me, bundled me into a truck, then drove out into the country. Throughout the journey they beat me on the head, on the back, everywhere. They played loud music so no-one could hear me scream."
The men also questioned Gandanga about the whereabouts of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai. He couldn't tell them, he didn't know.
Eventually he was dumped in the bush and left for dead. He crawled to a road, and was taken to a nearby village, where the local people nursed him for two days, until he was rescued by relatives who took him to the hospital.
Survival for one victim. Death for another. Tapiwa Mubanda, 54, the organising secretary for the MDC in Hurungwe East, was going back to his village with his wife and family when they were ambushed by a gang of Zanu-PF youth militia.
His wife and children fled into the bush, but Mubanda was beaten to death with rocks.
His wife, now his widow, heard them shouting at Mubanda as they killed him. "You voted for the MDC" they told him. "Tsvangirai will never be president of Zimbabwe. We must teach you how to vote."