Harare West MP Joana Mamombe and two other MDC Alliance activists are still traumatised to speak to the police about their ordeal.

Norman Matara from the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights said “We are working with the police. I cannot disclose anything about the extent of injury on the ladies because they are still not physically and emotionally fit to give a statement to the police.”

Jeremiah Bhamu from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told the Standard that they would only know the next step for the women after they had recovered.

“I will know of the next course of action once the three are in a stable condition. But first, we want to know the truth about what happened to them.”

He said it was difficult to expect the police to carry out professional investigations into the matter.

“There are already indications that the police are compromised. Hoping them to be fair would be asking for too much from them. Some of them might want, but there might be superior forces blocking them from acting impartially.”