MDC activist cheats death
By Godfrey Mtimba
MASVINGO – An MDC official in Triangle is lucky to be alive after his house was petrol-bombed by suspected Zanu PF thugs who accused him of wearing party regalia at the burial of the daughter of an MDC party member.
Tawanda Chiriga Imbayago, MDC ward 28 secretary in Triangle, said he was targeted because he had defied an order from local Zanu PF officials not to wear MDC colours and not to hold a funeral procession.
The suspects threw a petrol bomb at Imbayago’s house in Mufakose section of the sugar estate town on Sunday evening as family members warmed themselves around a fire outside the house, said Imbayago.
“We heard a loud thud in the house while we were on the fire and when I ran to see what had happened, the house was on fire. “While we were rushing to put out the fire I saw two people running away and we didn’t chase them because we needed to attend to the fire,” Imbayago told the Daily News.
He said he lost property worth over $3000, while property in his bedroom where the petrol bomb was thrown through the window was a write off.
MDC officials in Triangle claimed that Zanu PF supporters were irked by the procession that attracted a huge and colourful car convoy.
Festus Dumbu, Zaka West MP and MDC provincial executive member claimed Zanu PF activists held an emergency meeting after the funeral and resolved to punish MDC officials who defied their instructions.
Dumbu is resident in Triangle and attended the funeral.
“We can’t treat this incident in isolation from the events that happened during and after the funeral.
Zanu PF Triangle District Co-ordinating Committee members came and ordered us not to put on party regalia as well as holding a procession.
“But we defied them and held it with a large car convoy and this did not go down well with them.
“We also realised that they called for a meeting where they resolved to punish our party and hours later in the evening Imbayago’s house was bombed,” said Dumbu.
Although Zanu PF chairman Lovemore Matuke could not be reached for comment, MDC provincial spokesperson Harrison Mudzuri condemned the continued attacks on his party members.
“We condemn the barbaric attack of our member’s house by suspected Zanu PF petrol bombers. As MDC we are saying this is a clear sign that their culture of violence will never die.
“Imbayago nearly lost his life and family had it not been that they were outside the house,” Mudzuri said.
Imbayago said he had since reported the issue to Triangle Police Station but no arrests had been made.
Masvingo police spokesperson Tinaye Matake declined to comment and referred questions to the Police General Headquarters.
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