War ‘Vets’ Torch MDC Legislator’s Bus
Roy Chikara, Masvingo, October 11, 2011 – Suspected boisterous war veterans
on Sunday night set ablaze a bus belonging to the Movement of Democratic
Change (MDC) faction led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at Mashoko
mission business centre here.
Bikita south MP, Jani Vharandeni, told Radio VOP that he suspected that it
was the work of Zanu (PF) war veterans who accused him of ferrying villagers
from his constituency to a rally for the late Gutu South legislator and
Public Affairs Minister, Eliphas Mukoneweshuro that was addressed by
Tsvangirai the previous day in Gutu.
Vharandeni operates a fleet of buses in the district plying under the name
Mabuku bus services.
“My bus was burnt beyond repair and I think war veterans are behind this
because they have been threatening me and my people for going to the rally
addressed by our President and the country’s Prime Minister,” he said.
Vharandeni said the arson attack was carried at around 12 am when the bus
was packed at Mashoko Mission waiting to carry passengers to Masvingo the
He added that a war veteran only identified as Mavhundi was sleeping in the
bus and suspect that he was behind the attack with his colleagues who are
believed to have followed later.
“My conductor told me that a war veteran Mavhundi had demanded to sleep in
the bus saying he had a ticket to travel in the morning. I also feel it’s
the war vet because when I was going to the scene of the accident I met some
more war veterans about 40 km who told me that my bus was burnt. How did
they get to know when they stay away from Mashoko, it was a planned thing,”
“We made a police report at Mashoko mission and they said they were making
investigations and have since interrogated Mavhundi who had some burns from
the fire, he is currently admitted at Mashoko Mission hospital receiving
treatment,” he added.
Masvingo police spokesperson, Inspector, Tinaye Matake declined to comment
when contacted by Radio VOP on Monday.
This is not the first time MDC legislator and officials have been targets of
arson by Zanu (PF) thugs. Recently an MDC top official in Triangle, Isaac
Tinago Imbayarwo survived an attack on his life after his house was petrol
bombed by suspected Zanu (PF) youths.
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