Headmaster flees war vet attack

May 24, 2011 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

By CHENGETAI MURIMWA

A headmaster at Mapo Primary School in the Odzi area has reportedly fled from the school after allegedly receiving death threats from suspected war veterans and Zanu PF supporters because he had accepted a school donation from the area’s MDC-T senator.

The headmaster, Edson Masango, allegedly approved the construction of a classroom block by Senator Keresenzia Chabuka, from her Constituency Development Fund.

This reportedly did not go down well with the local Zanu PF membership as they felt the development would raise the profile of the senator in the area.

A staff member at the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a war veteran then came with Zanu PF supporters and threatened to kill the headmaster for working together with the former opposition party.

“They threatened to kill Masango because they said he was working with ‘traitors’ from the MDC-T,” said the teacher.

Kevin Ndumiyana, the coordinator for the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, condemned the harassment of Masango, saying the war veterans and Zanu PF supporters were anti-progress”.

“It is so disturbing that these war veterans are so narrow-minded they only want to see development coming from one side of our political family,” Ndumiyana said. “Teachers are targeted by war veterans and Zanu PF supporters each time the country is about to have elections.”

Recently a teacher at Mwoyoweshumba Secondary School in Mutasa district lost all his household property after his home was torched by suspected war veterans in the area.

Zanu PF deputy information and publicity secretary Charles Samuriwo said as a party they upheld the rule of law and they encouraged dialogue between the school and the community.

“People are free to exercise their rights, and this matter should be resolved by the school development community and the community itself,” said Samuriwo.

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