Zanu (PF), CIO in constitution witch-hunt
Zanu (PF) officials and CIO agents gathered villagers here last Tuesday,
probing about views made by individuals at a constitution outreach meeting.
“Zanu (PF) and CIO officials gathered villagers at premises where a lower
six block is under construction at Dhirihori Secondary School. They set up a
makeshift base in a nearby bush, where they interrogated individuals about
proceedings at a recent constitution outreach meeting. They recorded names
and views made by individuals at the constitution meeting. We think the
interrogations were meant to intimidate villagers ahead of other outreach
meetings which are scheduled for Muchemwa, Saint Martins, Bopoma School,
Saint Ludgers Secondary and Muchakata Schools on June 30,” said a villager
who declined to be identified.
Interrogations were spearheaded by Shepard Kaserere, Zanu (PF) losing
councilor for ward four and secretary to Zanu (PF) Member of Parliament for
Marondera East, Tracy Mutinhiri. Zanu (PF) district chairperson, Hebert
Hwenjere, also took part in the interrogations.
Villagers continue to live in fear as members of the CIO maintain a heavy
presence at constitution outreach meetings held in rural areas. A senior and
notorious woman CIO agent, known only as Gumbo, is attending the meetings,
instilling fear in people.
Last week MDC-T activists, Themba Masimura, Rhodrick Shamu and Gibson
Masimura of wards 17 and 18, were abducted by CIO and CID operatives at Two
Boy Shopping Center. They were later handed over to police on trumped-up
attempted assault charges, after villagers had raised the alarm. Magistrate
Courts granted them $20 bail each and they will appear again in court on
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