Violence flares up in Mbare

HARARE - Political violence broke out in Harare’s high-density suburb of Mbare yesterday after three opposition National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) members were beaten up for pasting campaign posters ahead of the January 25 council by-elections.

Taurai Maravanyika, Patson Mangwiro and Olibeletsi Noko were assaulted by a group of suspected Zanu PF activists as they were putting up posters for their candidate for ward 12, Takura Gadzira.

The by-elections have been called to fill up vacancies created by deaths since the July 31 vote.

Madock Chivasa, the NCA spokesperson, said the trio was currently receiving treatment at Avenues Clinic in Harare. He alleged that they were assaulted by “ruling party hooligans who were taking instructions from their candidate Maureen Nyemba”.

Nyemba was unreachable for comment yesterday.

Chivasa said the matter had been reported to the police in Mbare.

“As a result of this ruthless and barbaric attack, three NCA members were seriously injured and are battling for their lives at Avenues Clinic where they are currently admitted,” he said.

“The matter was reported yesterday at Stodart Police Station and recorded as CRB 1922083.”

Charity Charamba, the national police spokesperson, said she had not yet been briefed of the incident.

Chivasa slammed Zanu PF for resorting to violence in a bid to intimidate the opposition.

He called for the arrest of Nyemba and her team.

“We urge Zanu PF to be civilised and allow people the freedom to campaign for their candidates in the council by-elections scheduled for January 25 in Sunningdale, Zaka and Karoi,” he said.

“It’s the NCA’s right to campaign for the party candidates and we are shocked that Zanu PF continues to pay lip service to the idea of ensuring that there is peace and stability when they are busy using violence to intimidate innocent citizens exercising their freedoms as clearly enshrined and protected in the constitution”.

The NCA has fielded Gadzira in Sunningdale’s Ward 12 who will square off with Nyemba, Albert Mponda of the MDC and an independent candidate Jack Ethen Muzanenhamo.

In Zaka East Ward 32 the Lovemore Madhuku-led party fielded Chikamhi who will be pitted against Elias Budi Mutava of the mainstream MDC and Zanu PF’s Togarepi Toruvanda.

In the Karoi Town Council Ward 10 by-election, Solomon Chiwaya Musekiwa of the mainstream MDC will square off against Fortunate Madamombe of Zanu PF while the NCA has not fielded a candidate in that by-election.

Comments (5)

When attacked by barbarians and savages you fight back kwete kuda kunzwikwa kuchema kwako. We want to hear that those who have been attacked are fighting back ferociously and with great vigour. You don't negotiate or plead with barbarians because thats never their language in the first place. Your cries to them is timidity and weakness that can only inspire them to even seek to pursue you further into your homes and destroy whatever you possess including defiling your wife and children. Use the language they understand most: Fight back and inspire others to join you. Indeed now is the time to drive the monsters to the mountains. Conquer you fear and see the monsters flee from you.

fight back - 7 January 2014

Wee said Fight Back. Maybe ZANU PF people have four hands, two heads, four legs. Maybe NCA guys have hands which are used for eating only. If attacked, even the law of the land allows defending self. What will you tell your children when you come out of the Avenues Clinic? That you were beaten by somebody? Even my three year old son retaliates when attacked kumahumbwe.

Gogodera - 7 January 2014

??? that is a crazy shocking statistic, in less than 6months, 25 Councillors have died?

WFU - 7 January 2014

Charity is never briefed on anything bad done by ZanuPf but is immediately informed on any meeting done by other parties. Uchaviga Nzou muriva Charity tikanyara.

Maita Manyuka - 7 January 2014

U inga maone why vanhu kungorohwa vakatarisa.dyorerai ka

popopopopo - 10 January 2014

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