'Al-Shabaab' runs amok in Kwekwe

HARARE - It has emerged that the Kwekwe-based Zanu PF terror group that goes by the sick moniker “Al-Shabaab” went berserk at the weekend, attacking party youths who attended a homecoming rally for President Robert Mugabe at Harare International Airport on his return from Japan.

Two Zanu PF Kwekwe district officials, Pambanani Phiri and Lisbon Jaure, told the Daily News yesterday that they were attacked by a well-known Midlands

party provincial executive member and his “Al-Shabaab” gang for “selling out” the province by attending the Saturday rally — as the factional and succession wars devouring the former liberation movement continue to escalate.

“When we came back from Harare, they approached us accusing us of selling out Midlands Province. Vakati tarasika gwara reprovince saka tinofanirwa kubuda muKwekwe. (They said we had lost the province’s way of doing things and as such we should leave Kwekwe).

“It was at that point that they began to assault us viciously with clenched fists. In the end, we managed to escape and report the matter to the police.

“However, when we arrived at the police station, we discovered that some of the people who had assaulted us were already there, making their own report and accusing us of beating them.

“As a result, the case was recorded as public violence, case number 104/16. We are still to get medical reports but we also made a report to the provincial chairperson, Tapiwa Matangaidze,” an aggrieved Phiri said.

Matangaidze confirmed receiving the report but would not shed more light on the matter, saying this would “jeopardise police investigations”.

The Midlands “Al-Shabaab”, named after the Somalia-based terrorist affiliate of al-Qaeda fighting to turn the country into a fundamentalist Islamic State, has been blamed for many attacks in the troubled province.

The terror group was earlier this year accused of tormenting a number of ministers that come from the Midlands.

Sources who spoke to the Daily News then claimed that the brazen thugs were being bankrolled by a regional party bigwig (name supplied but withheld on legal advice) — who allegedly promoted himself as a key supporter of Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions.

“This terror group is operating openly in the province and has in the last few days alone accosted a number of ministers, accusing them of siding with the G40 (ambitious Zanu PF Young Turks said to be rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding President Robert Mugabe),” one of the sources said.

The ministers who had come under pressure from “Al-Shabaab” allegedly included Makhosini Hlongwane, Joram Gumbo, Chiratidzo Mabuwa, Fred Moyo, Matangaidze, Anastasia Ndlovu, Tsitsi Muzenda and Jason Machaya.

“We are told that the situation is so bad that . . . Muzenda is said to have even approached national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere over the threats on her life by these misguided yobs,” the source said.

Contacted for comment at the time, a cautious Kasukuwere would neither deny nor confirm the claims, choosing to say he needed to first investigate the matter and establish the facts before commenting substantively.

“This group must be something operating outside the party structures because we do not have a structure by the name ‘Al-Shabaab’ in Zanu PF.

“I need to go on the ground to find out how it is working,” he said.

But a provincial party official said the “thuggish activities” of “Al-Shabaab” had heightened tensions between opposing factions in the Midlands, as the struggle for regional mastery in the burning governing party reaches a crescendo.

Comments (16)

Munangagwa is busy discampaigning himself.This just shows what kind of a leader he will be when he becomes President.He is not Presidential material and on this one i agree with G40

Gamatox Mutasa - 6 April 2016

This is the most exciting development

The Obsever - 6 April 2016

if one acquires a degree, we assume that they are knowledgeable in that field. zanu came out openly stating that those in zanu have doctorates in violence, surprised? I am certainly not surprised if the zanu and zpf cousins decimated one another like they are yorubas.

josphat mugadzaweta - 6 April 2016

This speaks volumes about what Zanu PF is all about - VIOLENCE. If they can be funded to do that to one of their own what about to MDC supporters. Look at how clever they have become - they rush to report the case first.....

Icho - 6 April 2016

@josphat mugadzaweta,i see you and @samanyika are busy trying to outdo each other in being the biggest idiots of the forum

truth - 6 April 2016

@viola gwena,tete do you condone the violence or the report is some g40 propaganda?

truth - 6 April 2016

@truth our economy is bur I g.pple do anything to live.I remember sme kids or youths collecting cash frm poor citizens ,selling stands in 1st lady s name.I dnt think she had anything to do wth that.Jim kunaka actualy adopted Grace as his mother n used that to collect cash.its a desperate nation n we are a danger to ourselves if we dont change the way this country is being managed.Yu truth will loose all that yu think yu r protecting .unless things change ofcourse,rule of law.

viola gwena - 7 April 2016

Well said auntie Vee.

oliver - 7 April 2016

@viola n truth,yu debate well n its contributors like yu 2 we apreciate.good debate.

hove - 7 April 2016

its obvious that when one don't agree with another, name calling becomes inevitable. this is when someone like me reserve the brain and use the intestines. why do zanu pple take their fights to the public forum as if everyone is part of it? I will not let you pretend to have a decent debate when you are busy solemnising a regime that have caused suffering of everyone including prisoners. I need the entire gvt to go becoz it has failed. ryt now you are wrestling with war vets and we don't know which other splinter grp is going to create problems and all that time who will be attending to bread & butter issues?

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yowesa - 7 April 2016

Dont stress samaz.just upgrade yo thinking n yu wl be apreciated by mdc.dont hate viola.

chaka - 7 April 2016

some of your headlines are just sensational may be designed to suggest certain action or non. but I would like to believe journalism should be based on facts no hearsay. do not get embroiled in these succession rumours. get your facts right and let the readers make their on opinions.

RR - 8 April 2016

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