Two MDC-T officials injured in unprovoked attack
By Tichaona Sibanda
Two MDC-T officials from Chipinge district were on Sunday evening waylaid
and assaulted by a ZANU PF mob while they were on their way home from a
party rally in Chisuma, a party official said on Tuesday.
The incident took place around 6pm opposite Garahwa secondary school in
Chipinge South. Forget Hlomani, the secretary for youth and Nyasha Madhodha,
the district secretary for Chipinge were walking back home from a rally
addressed by MDC-T MP Meke Makuyana when they were stopped by a ZANU PF mob
that had formed a human roadblock.
Army Maunde, the district treasurer, told SW Radio Africa that the two were
assaulted with logs and stones by a gang allegedly sponsored by the former
ZANU PF MP for the area, Enock Porusingazi.
Maunde said the mob, which numbered about 20, beat up the duo, took their
valuables and warned them of dire consequences if they continued ‘selling
out the country.’
‘Hlomani and Madhodhi were wearing party regalia and were easily
recognisable as MDC-T activists. So when they got near Garahwa School, they
were stopped and interrogated for a few minutes before the beatings started.
‘The two managed to run for dear life and managed to seek refuge in a
classroom block. Luckily a teacher at the school who witnessed the attack
locked the two inside to ensure the pursuing attackers would not get to
them. In a desperate bid to force them out, the group smashed all the
classroom windows, jumped in and plucked them out through the smashed
windows,’ Maunde said.
By this time, a truck allegedly belonging to Porusingazi had arrived at the
scene and bundled the two inside before driving them to a police station. At
the police station, one of the leaders of the mob then filed a complaint
against Hlomani and Madhodhi, claiming that the MDC-T officials had
assaulted some of their members.
‘We had to go to the police station to explain these were the victims in
this case and yet they ended up under arrest. At first the police officers
were very reluctant to release them, saying they didn’t want to get involved
in political issues. But sanity prevailed eventually and the two were
released on Monday,’ Maunde added.
On Tuesday, Hlomani and Madhodha were taken to a private clinic in Mutare
where they were treated and discharged. The MDC-T spokesman for Manicaland,
Pishai Muchauraya, confirmed that a doctor had examined the two, prescribed
some medicines and discharged them.