'DJ' Eric Knight to neutralise Chipangano?

HARARE - Former radio and TV personality Eric Knight says he has devised a plan to neutralise Chipangano’s violent activities in Mbare ahead of harmonised elections set for later this year.

Knight, who is eyeing the Mbare parliamentary seat riding on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC ticket, promised MDC supporters in the restive constituency of peace ahead of polls.

Already, the former disc-jockey has ruffled feathers in Mbare where a group of people suspected to be from Chipangano, a Zanu PF-aligned paramilitary group, attacked a family for dining with him last week.

Despite the attack, Knight says Chipangano is easy to deal with since it did not originate from Harare’s oldest suburb.

“Chipangano’s days in Mbare are numbered because the people in the constituency are fed up,” he said.

“We want to put an end to the terror that has characterised the period before and after elections in the constituency and we are driven by the realisation that the people involved are not from here.”

The former radio announcer, who made his name at ZBC’s Mbare studios before fleeing into exile, said he would engage the community and create neighbourhood watch teams in conjunction with the police to stomp any violent activities.

“We are working closely with the community both resident and those that do business in the market.

“The people here have seen enough violence and we have made a covenant with them to ensure there is no repeat of the 2008 election violence and to ensure people go about their business freely at the various markets and bus termini,” Knight said.

Knight who was based in the Diaspora since he was fired from ZBC in 2003 is not blind to the fact that some senior police officers have in the past demonstrated that they are pro-Zanu PF.

“As a party we are alive to the fact that our police tends to be partisan when dealing with political issues but remember not all of them are.

“Most of them sympathise with our cause and they have promised to help us,” said the former DJ.

Knight, who has to battle it out at his party’s primary elections against senior officials who include former Mbare legislator Tichaona Munyanyi, ward 4 councillor Friday Muleya, and Sten Zvorwadza has an insurmountable task of convincing a sceptical electorate that he has what it takes to stand up to the task. - Mugove Tafirenyika

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