Mahofa threatens election violence

HARARE - Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa has made veiled threats to unleash violence and abductions in Bikita West if the forthcoming by-election in the constituency does not go Zanu PF’s way.

The threats come as local human rights watchdog, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), has expressed deep concerns about the escalation of human rights violations in the area, ahead of the parliamentary by-election which is slated for January 21.

The sickly Mahofa told ruling party supporters who gathered at Gwindingwi Primary School on Wednesday to vote “wisely” or else suffer the consequences.

“Haa, munozviziva, muno hamusi mekutamba namo (You all know it. This is not a constituency to play silly games). Kune vamwe vakatsakatika muno umu gore riya, munoriziva. Handei tinovhota zvakanaka. (There are some who disappeared in this constituency as you know. Let us go and vote wisely,” she bellowed.

Mahofa’s remarks appeared to have been aimed at reminding supporters of the bloody and fiercely-contested 2001 Bikita West by-election, when Retired Colonel Claudius Makova battled it out with the MDC’s Bonny Pakai.

The titanic contest turned large parts of the constituency into a war zone, as Zanu PF officials went for MDC supporters, leading to the injury and displacement of scores of villagers.

An MDC activist, Amos Mutongi, was also said to have been murdered by Zanu PF thugs, all of whom are still at large.

“Muno, munonetsa kutamba namo. Ukada kutamba nemadh**** pasina mvura unoshaiwa pekumagezera. Unofamba uchinhuwa. (This party has no room for funny business. Anyone who dares to do that will find themselves in deep trouble).

“This is what we are telling Mai Mujuru.  . . . acting president, we do as we say. What we want to assure you as Masvingo province is that we are going to give you the highest percentage vote. This is Bikita West, Bikita Best … let us go and vote wisely,” Mahofa added ominously on Wednesday.

Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) will be represented by Kudakwashe Gopo in the by-election, which fell vacant when convicted rapist Munyaradzi Kereke was sent to prison for 14 years.

The former Zanu PF member is one of six candidates vying for the constituency whose poll build-up has been engulfed by rising political temperatures, punctuated by clashes between ZPF and ruling party supporters.

Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa used Wednesday’s Zanu PF rally to promise the Bikita West Constituency food aid to alleviate the plight of hundreds of villagers there who are in urgent need of food aid.

However, civic organisations, who have raised the red flag about the partisan distribution of food aid ahead of the by-election, doubt if the aid will be distributed along non-partisan lines.

Comments (7)

Get off you thick bloody stinking bitch!

njikenjike - 7 January 2017

This baboon belongs to the zoo. This kind of thinking doesn't belong to the 21st century. Imbwa dzevanhu. ZANU is full of leaches just sucking us dry while enriching themselves.

Moe Syslack - 7 January 2017

I dont even know how zanu pf people can let mahofa get away with murder like that. Let it be know to you mahofa that it was then when you used to get away with it. Now its adifferent ball game, people are fed up. Kusiri kufa ndekupi nhai mai mahofa, munosvika kupi muchiuraya vanhu? Makambonzwa tsumo idzi: Kare haagare ari kare kana kuti chisingapere chinoshura. Keep those two in your diary mai mahofa.

nhemacena - 8 January 2017

Don't listen to that old,sick whore.These are are just empty threats from this ugly,cruel woman.Even in sickness she keeps on threatening innocent people with abductions which clearly shows that this harlot will never repent in her evil ways till death.You are a shame to your children,if you have got any.

Janana wa Bikaz - 8 January 2017

Let mai mahofa be warned that 'Kare hagare ari kare'. Ko kushata nekuchembera kwavaita uko havakuone, plus kurwara. Anotyityidzirwa nemurwere akadaro nadiyani, hari yofanzirofa zvayo! Mai mahofa- your six feet under is also waiting for you, just remember, you do not live forever.

nhemacena - 8 January 2017

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TFFLOORING - 9 January 2017

Mahofa unwittingly admitted that zanu pf make pple disappear-includding Dzamara. Shame,she has admitted it,itz up for the nation now to hold Mahofa& her party accountable for all the murders& disappearances previously not accounted for,now that she has admitted it.She must b investigated

addmore gudo - 16 January 2017

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