'Zanu PF militia' abduct, strip girl

HARARE - An eighteen-year-old girl from Norton was allegedly stripped, beaten and harassed by alleged Zanu PF youths in the presence of the ruling party’s candidate, Ronnie Chindedza, as cases of political violence escalate ahead of the by-election set for October 22.

In the Saturday incident, that was reported to the police under RRB number 2958856, Natasha Bakalia — whose mother is a campaigner for independent candidate Temba Mliswa — said she was dragged from her home, thrown in a lorry that was packed with Zanu PF youths and taken to a base where she was violently abused until nightfall.

Sobbing during a press conference in Harare yesterday, the girl said the youths repeatedly told her that she was paying for the sins of her mother Ronika Nyikadzino.

“Two lorry trucks and an Ipsum plastered with Zanu PF posters and Zanu PF activists arrived at our house singing “Temba uchaurayisa vana” (Temba you will cause deaths).  Two youth members grabbed my clothes and tore them as I tried to stop them from getting inside our house because they were saying they wanted to throw out my mother’s property from the house,” Bakalia narrated.

“After they had overpowered me, they made me strip and change clothes in front of them,  I know these three men, and they carried me to the lorry.

“They took me to their base in Ngoni where Ronnie and Yondo sister (Sheila Mabasa) and other members were and I was further assaulted as they surrounded me, singing and beating me. I was forced to wear a Zanu PF T-shirt.

“They then released me after 8pm, but did not return our house keys, and now we are having to sleep at a friend’s house. And after the incident they are still coming making rounds at the house we sought shelter.

In the police report, Priscilla Jambaya and Samantha Zhakata, who are said to be Zanu PF loyalists were also named as perpetrators of violence.,

In a related incident, another supporter of Mliswa, Violet Maskini and her husband were also assaulted.

At the same press conference, which was attended by war veterans and National reform Agenda (Nera) convener Didymus Mutasa, Mliswa accused Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and other senior officials of fanning political violence.

“As the Norton Zanu PF candidate, Ronnie Chindedza is compelled by the Electoral Code of Conduct under Section 7(2) to ‘restrain his representatives and supporters, from contravening this code and any applicable electoral or general law, and must take or initiate appropriate disciplinary action against those who contravene this code or that law,” Mliswa said.

“The case of abduction of the girl-child is a matter that I would like to bring to the attention of the first lady (Grace) Mugabe and hear her sentiments on the matter."

Comments (6)

This year violence will never work. We people of Norton are tired of ZAnu Pf, we will teach it a lesson that they will never forget. Ronnie dont waste your money buying yo thugs beer.

hondo - 12 October 2016

So was anyone arrested, seeing these guys have a base? This is sickening! kidnapping a teenager, beating and humiliating her then keeping the keys to their family home and nobody is arrested yet? And these clowns are known people? Do we have to take matters into our own hands if the police won't do their work?

Tipping point - 12 October 2016

Can this so-called base not be petrol-bombed. Kill the bastards, I say. Just one will be enough.

Sagitarr - 12 October 2016

If this can happen just for a mere Norton constituency what more is coming in 2018. With Mugabe we Zimbos are doomed.I do not believe that this man is a human being.Iye akambobvepiko ?

chimuti - 12 October 2016

Lord have mercy, when are we zimbos going to learn that violence is not he solution. Why was this innocent girl assaulted. No no no, this is too much.

JS - 12 October 2016

torture ,killing and abduction of our fellow zimbabweans its a crime that will take you to hell.Lets not kill each other for the sake of 2litre scud ,given by this thugs.why cant you teach them a lesson silently.watch out ,2018 is nearer

shuto - 12 October 2016

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