ZANU PF thugs pour hot oil on MDCT youth activist
By Tererai Karimakwenda
Violent attacks on officials of the MDC-T continued on Wednesday, when ZANU
PF thugs in Mbare poured hot oil in the face of a youth organiser from the
According to the MDC-T, the Youth Assembly chairperson for Ward 11, Ayaya
Kassim, was visiting other activists in order to organise meetings.
ZANU PF thugs followed him when they realised who he was.
Gift Chimanikire, the MP for Southerton and deputy Mines Minister, told SW
Radio Africa that a group of ten entered the house Kassim was visiting and
kicked in the bedroom door where he had gone to hide.
The activist tried to escape but the ZANU PF thugs grabbed hot cooking oil
from the food cooking business at the house and threw it in his face.
“Kassim jumped over a Dura wall and ran for his life. They caught up and
assaulted him with knobkerries and kicked him,” Chimanikire said.
The MDC-T youth was saved by a brave resident nearby, who let him come
inside for protection. At this point the ZANU PF thugs retreated, singing
revolutionary songs and chanting.
“Kassim suffered serious burns to his face which can only be described as
attempted murder,” MP Chimanikire explained, adding that these attacks on
their members are “organised and financed by aspiring ZANU PF candidates.”
One of them is reportedly a politburo member.
Despite the identity of some of the perpetrators being known, no arrests
have been made by the police and the culture of impunity for ZANU PF
Mbare residents say the streets and market stalls are controlled by members
of the Chipangano gang, whose names and addresses are known to the police.
But the violent youth have impunity and the police arrest victims instead.
MDC-T offices in the area were attacked earlier this year by members of the
same gang while the police watched. They later arrested MDC members who had
been assaulted by the gang, as the police have reportedly done in many
similar cases around the country.
The partisan behaviour of the police, military and intelligence institutions
has emerged as the most contentious issue blocking progress in fully
implementing the Global Political Agreement (GPA). The Mugabe regime insists
that security is a sovereign issue and no changes will be made.
The MDC-T national committee resolved after a meeting on Monday that
security institutions must be reformed and the party will not compromise on
that issue. A stalemate has developed and there appears to be no solution in
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