Mujuru allies left for dead

HARARE - Seemingly deranged Zanu PF youths ran amok in Guruve on Sunday, embarking on an orgy of political violence and leaving for dead four Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) bigwigs — including a retired senior military official and former diplomat — and forcing a local school to close yesterday.

The barbaric attacks by axe-wielding ruling party mobs against ZPF officials also saw property worth tens of thousands of dollars, including two vehicles, being destroyed in the historically volatile Mashonaland Central province — as fears grow that this is a harbinger of worse violence to come in the next few months.

Rights groups and opposition figures who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said the gruesome attacks were a clear indication that President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF would increasingly use terror to silence Zimbabwe’s restless populace ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

The weekend’s bloody scenes at Dunaverty Farm, where three ZPF officials are running agricultural operations, left four people hospitalised, including retired brigadier-general and former Zimbabwe ambassador to Mozambique, Agrippa Mutambara.

And as if to rub salt into the injured ZPF officials’ wounds, Mutambara was bizarrely arrested by police together with the other bludgeoned trio, despite nursing bad wounds and having been on the receiving end of the savage attacks by the manic Zanu PF supporters.

Police said they were investigating the violence.

“Police are investigating that matter of public violence in Guruve and we are warning everyone against violence. All parties shouldn’t be involved in violence,” said its spokesperson, Charity Charamba.


Retired brigadier-general and former Zimbabwe ambassador to Mozambique, Agrripa Mutambara.

According to the ZPF officials, Mutambara was attacked by the blood-thirsty Zanu PF mobs when he drove to Guruve on Sunday in a desperate bid to try and rescue his colleagues who had won a court interdict on Friday, barring ruling party invaders from running their operations at the farm.

But this was to no avail, as the scores of axe and knobkerrie-wielding Zanu PF supporters who had poured onto Dunaverty Farm, where they sought to chase away Obert Mutasa, Cyril Mureya and Temba Ncube — who are all prominent supporters of former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s fledgling party — went berserk, seemingly intent on taking their victims’ lives.

A fuming Former State Security minister and Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, who is now a senior ZPF official, slammed the “murderous assaults” and the subsequent arrest of Mutambara and his colleagues, likening police to Adolf Hitler’s Gestapo.

“Mutambara and others are in hospital under police guard after having been beaten by Zanu PF members. Is this the right thing to do in a democratic country? It is like we are living under Hitler. People are afraid of the police instead of having confidence in them.

“What surprises us is that the attack took place when Mugabe was speaking about reforming the United Nations. He is speaking about reforms when he is ignoring calls for reforms back home,” Mutasa said.

Other opposition and pro-democracy groups also raised the fear that Mugabe and Zanu PF, who they say are increasingly using the country’s security apparatus to fend off growing civil unrest in the country, would escalate their alleged use of violence to “murder their way to power” in 2018.

“Violence, intimidation and thuggery are Zanu PF’s weapons of choice. Each time that Zanu PF is faced with formidable opposition they resort to their default mode, which is violence and terrorism,” said MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu.


A car whose rear screen was smashed during the attack. 

“Over the past 17 years, members of the MDC, including our party leader, president Morgan Tsvangirai, have been subjected to brutal and relentless State-sponsored violence and banditry.

“Zanu PF and violence are like inseparable Siamese twins. Mugabe and the Zanu PF regime that he fronts are smelling blood. They are spoiling for a fight.

“This is the main reason why regional and international organisations such Sadc, the AU and the UN should intervene to ensure that conditions for the holding of free and fair elections are put in place in Zimbabwe in time for elections in 2018.

“Anything short of this simply won’t be acceptable to all patriotic and right-thinking Zimbabweans,” Gutu added.

Human Rights Watch senior researcher for Africa, Dewa Mavhinga, said Sunday’s violence was an indication that Zanu PF would use terror in 2018.

“Zanu PF’s use of violence against Zimbabwe People First officials is unfortunately unsurprising considering the ruling party’s long history of repression and violence against opponents going back to the Gukurahundi period.

“Zanu PF supporters and allies at the forefront of violence have mostly gone scot-free, with a highly partisan police force turning a blind eye to such abuses. This shows that the Zanu PF leopard has not and will never change its spots,” Mavhinga told the Daily News.

“The 2008 political violence that left over 200 MDC supporters dead is likely to be repeated in the 2018 elections because as far as Zanu PF is concerned, they owe their elections ‘victory’ to instruments of violence.


One of the victims shows his heavily-injured lip suffered during the attack.

“This is a big warning to opposition parties to apply pressure on Zanu PF to dismantle the infrastructure of violence before any elections are held and to insist on security sector reforms that remove partisan leaders in the army and police and replace them with professional people who do not believe in political violence.

“One more reason why Mugabe must go is that his last card, the only card he has really, is the use of violence to achieve political ends, perhaps aptly symbolised by Zanu PF’s clenched fist. ZPF and other opposition parties must continue to shun violence and call for peace,” Mavhinga added.

Mugabe, in power since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980, is facing growing resistance to his rule which critics say has been disastrous.

Sunday’s violence evoked the memories of March 11, 2007 and the 2008 presidential run-off where Zanu PF and suspected security agents unleashed frightening levels of violence against MDC officials and supporters.

On March 11, 2007, heavily armed police stormed Highfield and crushed a prayer meeting dubbed “Save Zimbabwe Campaign”, bludgeoning opposition leaders, including former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai who was badly injured in the brutal crackdown.

A well-known cobbler and MDC activist, Gift Tandare, was shot dead in cold blood — leading to the eventual intervention by Sadc in a process which led to the formation of the inclusive government in 2009.

In the 2008 presidential run-off, an estimated 200 MDC supporters were murdered in cold blood by Zanu PF followers after Mugabe had been heavily clobbered by Tsvangirai in the first round of voting of that year’s hotly-disputed elections.

Comments (42)

No to violence!Savages belong the stone age era.Let's use our brains to convince pple.Certainly you can't beat ok kill an idea.No wonder why this country is in such a mercy.We have vampire blood suckers who would want to retain power by any means.Fortunately this madness has approached it's dead end and victory for the masses is certain!

wangu - 27 September 2016

Zimbabweans, Zimbabweans, Zimbabweans. When are we going to learn that just talking about these things and condemning these acts and asking the UN, AU, SADC to do something about it is like a man who tries to push a loaded gonyet up the hill. Hazvi shandi chinhu. Only bullets will bring change in Zimbabwe. Now my country men and women the mere thought of bullets leaves us all urinating in our pants in fear when we think about Gukurahundi, Farm Invasions and 2008 rerun handiti? But hasn't anyone figured it out yet kuti there is a place for bullets but which does not leave ordinary people exposed. Do you know that these people who are responsible for all this cannot live in Zimbabwe 365/12/7/24. They need to go out of the country for medical attention or even entertainment. That is where we can get them. Right there. Hired assassins are not difficult to come by even amongst our own gunners. The thing of it is - IT ALL REQUIRES MONEY. I don't believe that as a nation of people who are supposed to be smart we haven't thought about engaging some lawyers say for example in a friendly country like Botswana. Set up a fund for those who can to contribute. The fund can always be said to be started to help suffering Zimbabweans and even Mugabe itself won't have much to complain about. If the fund is handled by lawyers and funding channelled straight by the lawyers to "service" providers that will allay fears of it being looted. It can always be done in a certain way so as not to expose the fund administrators also ie the lawyers. Then once everything falls into place and the next time these people go to the East they won't come back alive. It is called SMART offensive and it is smart because no one in the ranks of those who torment us can point a finger at anyone here at home in order to eliminate them and instead they will start dying like cockroaches which have been sprayed with killem.

Bullet Chiporoporo - 27 September 2016

got a taste of own medicine. this is the hell they have been subjecting us to while still in zanu.

mukovhe wa tsilidzi - 27 September 2016

So, Mutasa's cockerel's are coming home to roost. And where did "GUNJE 01" get the money to enable him/her to buy a new top of the range LandCruiser V8?

Homo Erectus - 27 September 2016

Is this the Mugabe legacy? Is this tmith he freedom we fought for? Cry the beloved country when liberators turn out to be more vicious, more cruel, more greedy than the alleged oppressers.

Viva Unidade - 27 September 2016

this is a false story,the opposition is just trying to get funding from their western sympathisers and they beat themselves up and then accuse party youths

truth - 27 September 2016

Haaa zvatotanga .

Amai Mandigona - 27 September 2016

The cows have cme home to roast.......ya kabakuzwe what others felt all these yrs perpetrated by them too

mk - 27 September 2016

@truth Please don't take zimbabweans for idiots. Stop perpetuating your zanu pf Propaganda "beat themselves up" really!! your comment was both desperate and pathetic.

Young Zimbo - 27 September 2016

Mugabe does not have common sense. Why he expelled Tsvangirai from zanu pf and asked him to form his own political party and challenge him and he did so. Mugabe thinks that he is god and he believes that he got support, when he saw that Tsvangirai was and is popular than him he uses sweets for nothing to lure people if that fails he goes for a kill. He unleashes violence on those who supports his opponents. He did the same to Mujuru and now he is seeing that Mujuru is a crowd puller he applies the same cruel tactics. Anyone who think mugabe will repent and reform it is expecting the devil to repent from his evil ways. Mugabe is evil posessed with power. He got power without moral responsibility. His hands drip blood and feeds on blood.

truth - 27 September 2016

@mk cows don't roost, chickens do. @viva unidade this violence is nothing new so stop acting all shocked and surprised.

Ngwenya - 27 September 2016

zanu pf will rule untill cows come home to roost kkkkkkkkk

truth - 27 September 2016

Van a Mutasa mavakuzviona ka kuti zvakashata.The only good thing is u changed for the better,, But u know how ZANU thugs work,,give us information so that we can retreat. We can't just complain always,, at least let's fight back for our own freedom.ZANU always leaves marks&no and can see the culprits so let's do the same. we know were they live,, let's go&attack them the same way they do to us. Let's reduce there number.

matsotsi - 27 September 2016

Beware the ideas of march

metellus cimber - 27 September 2016

the monster that jack built.

tokonye - 27 September 2016

@truth imposter,yu are playing a dangerous game and soon our contacts at the dailynews will give us your details

truth - 27 September 2016

pasi namugabe

kungurai - 27 September 2016

Some Zimbabweans don't listen and in the process do not learn. I warned that ignorance is dangerous, it can kill you. The desire to please a white man who enslaved and colonised Africans is sheer stupidity or willful ignorance. Why expose oneself to unnecessary danger?

ADF - 27 September 2016

Some Zimbabweans don't listen and in the process do not learn. I warned that ignorance is dangerous, it can kill you. The desire to please a white man who enslaved and colonised Africans is sheer stupidity or willful ignorance. Why expose oneself to unnecessary danger?

ADF - 27 September 2016

Ignorance is dangerous! 90 per cent of Zimbabweans are unemployed. Drugs and medicines are running out, zimbabweans are starving zimbabweans are struggling! To divert the responsibility on "white europeans" IS being willfully IGNORANT!!

Young Zimbo - 27 September 2016

As he keeps on forcing his stay on the ruling seat, Mugabe increases his transgressions. I hope he will still be alive when time for his inevitable trial comes. By the way, truth is an English word anyone is free to use as their name, just like there many Peters. I thank the second 'truth' for giving me this idea. It is now my name from today. Later, I will be ADF. Again, thank you second 'truth', for a wonderful idea.

truth - 27 September 2016

@truth or falsehoods, why are you scared of this discusion forum. Now you call yourself we, instead of I because you are scared of the other truth who does not utter falsehoods like you

cde Hasha - 28 September 2016

Vakatumwa naMugabe kuti avarove in order to send a message to the other war veterans kuti if you disagree with him thats what you get.You are only a war veteran if you are on his side.

chimuti - 28 September 2016

And the perpetrators of the violence were serving war vets in army, police and CIO. The likes of Mudzamiri, Ngirishi, Musvita, Tenderere and so on having been promoted to their current ranks as thank you for the atrocities by ZRP. The problem is that African leaders are cowards like Bob said. If not, how can they sit silently while Robert Mugabe abuses Zimbabweans like this.

Joseph Mutasa - 28 September 2016

We have to work together: politically, socially and economically. Between late 2009 and 2012 our situation almost seemed to be improving when zanu pf and mdc were both in goverment. after 2013 progress was reversed and now here we are. On the edge of another potential catastrophe a failing economy "bond notes" God have mercy...

Young Zimbo - 28 September 2016

@truths. How do we then distinguish which truth is truth.I think here debate is going down a notch.Why not pick yo own different name ,and show yo mental capacity,what yu say.Why hide behind confusion.?Why ?Maybe its to dilute truths comments by any means bt its best to tackle him on fare grounds ,knowing who yu talking to.Its good debate to know who yu responding to, not ghosts.

viola gwena - 28 September 2016

On this I think editor has to sensor names not allow one name on many numbers or gudgets.If im debating wth Samaz ,I need to have the confidence im talking to him not 7 Samazs .

viola gwena - 28 September 2016

this is very bad and irresponsible.this culture of zanu pf and tactic for survival is a crime against humanity

patriotic activist - 28 September 2016

Comrades please stop this rot of criticizing our beloved President Cde RG Mugabe who like Jesus Christ brought freedom to his people. Be patient like the followers of Jesus and let's give our President a chance to solve the problems confronting our country by voting for our president in 18 elections. This man is still the only Zimbabwean who can bring prosperity, freedom and justice to our people. The struggle continues until final victory...victory is certain!!

Julien Moore - 28 September 2016

ndarwadziwa wedu wee. why cant zimbabweans learn that there is no win from this violence. ngatisanganei oama votes

Kwishu - 28 September 2016

@Truth & tete Viola Gwena. In the army, yu salute the rank not the man. In a constructive debate, you also accede to or dissent to ideas not the man speaking. The platform is 4 sharing ideas not for self aggrandising browbeating, jerrymandering and grandstanding.This is a 'no holds barred interructive forum' Here, spoken ideas are the trademarks of fools and the barnner of villians. Whats important is to be clear this and that are fools from what they say and without having sight of them. Names aint nothing.

Platform Manager - 28 September 2016

i was part of the liberation struggle.its not true that uncle was the messiah who brought freedom,but it was THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE.the same people now can choose their destiny.it was not on the armed struggle,s agenda that one man is going to be a life president.its an uggle and naked creature born out of successive failures.

PATRIOTIC CLASS - 28 September 2016

comparing Jesus christ to Robert Mugabe? are you serious! I don't remember jesus killing and torturing people who disagreed with him. which gospel are you reading?

Young Zimbo - 28 September 2016

@Platform manager.yu see I have no confidence yo respond is from dailynews.It culd be some fellow in chimanimani herding cattle.nothing wrong wth herding cattle bt yu need to be who yu are.not call yoself viola bcoz yu want insult pple on this forum,.is that wright mr manager?Can I change now from viola gwena n adopt Samanyika just for insulting dailynews n mdc pple?I dnt think so.

viola gwena - 28 September 2016

People like Julien Moore just debate for the sake of debating,not that they are in any way inspired by what they believe in.Why i say so is because how can a normal and sane person try to equate a mortal human being to his Creator?How can someone with functioning faculties ask for patience on behalf of a president who unleashes his thugs to beat and maim the same people who he is demanding patience from?What more can you expect from a mortal being who is 92 years old that he has failed to do when he still had the energy?And it boggles the mind why people can have such warped minds as to believe that the president will live forever?In all fairness like what the only sober president in Africa said,Mugabe should have retired years ago.Did he destroy the economy so that he could show us his magic wand by re building again?Only those who have stolen and looted from the state coffers and those who are still plundering state resources are the ones agitating for the nonagenarian to drop dead in office.They are also using unsophisticated youths to fight for their selfish and evil cause by giving these idiotic youths a few gulps of opaque beer washing it down with mouthfulls of bronclear[bronco] and giving some dagga twists as dissert.This strategy is short lived and very soon you will be called to account for all your transgressions.Who he has ears let him hear!

Janana wa Bikaz - 28 September 2016

People like Julien Moore just debate for the sake of debating,not that they are in any way inspired by what they believe in.Why i say so is because how can a normal and sane person try to equate a mortal human being to his Creator?How can someone with functioning faculties ask for patience on behalf of a president who unleashes his thugs to beat and maim the same people who he is demanding patience from?What more can you expect from a mortal being who is 92 years old that he has failed to do when he still had the energy?And it boggles the mind why people can have such warped minds as to believe that the president will live forever?In all fairness like what the only sober president in Africa said,Mugabe should have retired years ago.Did he destroy the economy so that he could show us his magic wand by re building again?Only those who have stolen and looted from the state coffers and those who are still plundering state resources are the ones agitating for the nonagenarian to drop dead in office.They are also using unsophisticated youths to fight for their selfish and evil cause by giving these idiotic youths a few gulps of opaque beer washing it down with mouthfulls of bronclear[bronco] and giving some dagga twists as dissert.This strategy is short lived and very soon you will be called to account for all your transgressions.Who he has ears let him hear!

Janana wa Bikaz - 28 September 2016

There again tete viola, u have missed the point once more. Harken to the message not who speaketh. the message is 'free intercourse of constructive ideas' not 'interaction of the speakers'.That one's done at some conference and speakers carry name tags and identity documents 4 verification purposes so that if in doubt, u chuck them out. Folks on this here platform aint even a milimeter of who they claim to be. Drifting ghosts, Dont mind their identity. Mind what they say.

Platform manager - 28 September 2016

People like Julien Moore just debate for the sake of debating,not that they are in any way inspired by what they believe in.Why i say so is because how can a normal a sane person try to equate a mortal human being t o his Creator?How can someone with functioning faculties ask for patience on behalf of a president who unleashes his thugs to beat and maim the same people who he is demanding patience from?What more can you expect from a mortal being who is 92 years old that he has failed to do when he still had the energy?And it boggles the mind why people can have such warped minds as to believe that the president will live forever?In all fairness like what the only sober president in Africa said,Mugabe should have retired years ago.Did he destroy the economy so that he could show us his magic wand by re building again?Only those who have stolen and looted from the state coffers and those who are still plundering state resources are the ones agitating for the nonagenarian to drop dead in office.They are also using unsophisticated youths to fight for their selfish and evil cause,giving these idiotic youths a few gulps of opaque beer washing it down with mouthfulls of bronclear[bronco] and some dagga twists.This strategy is short lived and very soon you will be called to account for all your transgressions.

Janana wa Bikaz - 28 September 2016

wonzwa ka george charamba kachiti people were faking injuries! Mutambara now feel the pain that you put the previous owner of that farm when you invaded it in 2000. PAINFULL I PRESUME now see wat people meant when they say land reform wasnt about land redistribution it was about enriching the ZANU PF ELITISTS

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 29 September 2016

Peace peace peace Zimbabweans.Violence does not solve economic crisis in Zimbabwe.J.Nkomo "peace begins with me peace begins with you peace begins with all of us".Respect must be taught.Stop fighting out there that barbaric

Lewistar wa Lewistar - 29 September 2016

We need NATION building in Zimbabwe. I mean developing a sense to regard one another as ZIMBABWEAN brother and sister regardless of political and political inclination etc. I think constitution must be changed so that ordinary people do not get labeled and made to belong to the ideological constructs called ZANU PF, MDC, ZPF but vote someone upon presentations before them the dreams that he/she has for our beloved country.

CERTIFIED SERVANT - 29 September 2016

Nyaya yeviolence ka iya veduwee,kana modzoregwa moti vanotonga hava obhuzevhi human rights.tinyareivo pliz.hatidi hondo hatidi mhirizhonga.violence haipinzi munhu kuState House.mavhoti chete.mavhoti chete.

Seka Memo - 3 October 2016

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