Chipangano operating with military precision
By Tichaona Sibanda
The pattern of political violence that is being waged in Harare by the
deadly Chipangano group seems to be highly systematic, deliberate and well
planned, an MDC-T MP has claimed.
Bulawayo East MP Tabitha Khumalo also described how ZANU PF politicians are
using violence as a tool to acquire or retain political support.
Addressing a party meeting organised by the Luton branch of the MDC-T in the
UK on Sunday, the MP described how the Mbare based Chipangano group had
virtually taken over Harare.
The MP, who is also a member of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation
Committee (JOMIC) said the violent nature of attacks by the ZANU PF
sponsored group do not bode well for peace and security in Zimbabwe.
‘There are four branches within Chipangano. There is Chipangano one, two,
three and four. Chipangano one identifies MDC activists. Chipangano two
carries out surveillance and monitors individuals and structures of the
‘Chipangano three approaches our members and verbally warns them of dire
consequences of supporting the MDC. Chipangano four is the deadliest of all
the groups. This group beats the hell out of you,’ said Khumalo.
‘They beat me up in parliament and I cracked my denture. This is a group
that attacks parliamentarians, journalists and ordinary people whilst their
party leader preaches peace and unity.
‘It is so shocking that a group of people can enter parliament where we felt
secure and safe and beat up members of parliament. Only a group linked to
ZANU PF can do this,’ the MP added.
Khumalo also spent much of her time urging MDC-T activists in the UK to
unite, following a major fall out between members soon after the External
Assembly’s congress held in April.
‘It pains us as a leadership that you spend much of your energy at each
other’s throats. The real enemy is Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF. Stop this
infighting and channel your resources in removing Mugabe from power. My
message to you all in the diaspora is please unite for the sake of
Zimbabweans,’ the MP said.
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