Police do nothing to stop Chipangano violence
By Tichaona Sibanda
The MDC-T MP for Sunningdale in Harare, Margaret Matienga, says she was
horrified that the terror group Chipangano brutally attacked her party
supporters, including children, in the presence of armed police.
‘They just stood there and watched helplessly as Chipangano waged criminal
terror on innocent civilians. One wonders what would have happened if the
opposite happened. All the police cells would now be packed with MDC-T
supporters,’ Matienga said.
Nine MDC-T members ended up needing hospital treatment on Saturday after the
Jim Kunaka led terror group stormed a rally in Sunningdale and beat up
people with logs and iron bars.
Kunaka has been implicated in a number of the groups’ murders, beatings and
torture cases, but none of the crimes linked to the group have ever been
investigated by the police so far.
‘Seven men and two women suffered various degrees of injuries, and at least
one of the men was left for dead when he was hit in the head with an iron
bar,’ Matienga said.
The legislator condemned the deliberate and planned attack by Chipangano,
saying she was left shocked that the police stood by and let the group run
riot at the venue of the rally. Matienga claimed the attack was meticulously
planned after seeing Kunaka carrying out surveillance of the area.
He allegedly drove to the venue twice in a pick-up truck and surveyed the
area. It was after his second visit, and barely 10 minutes after he had
left, that several Kombis were seen dropping off members of Chipangano. The
MP thinks the thugs were assembled in Mbare and just waiting for a signal.
Sunningdale and Mbare are neighbouring residential areas in the capital.
‘First of all, we got permission from the police and they promised us full
protection. But it is inconceivable that such levels of impunity could exist
without being known in the highest echelons of the police force.
‘For more than a year, there have been widespread scenes of violence by the
same group, but the police have not pursued the well known offenders,’
The legislator told us the reason why the ZANU PF linked Chipangano was
resorting to violence is the knowledge that Robert Mugabe will face a
crushing defeat at the next elections.
‘Jim Kunaka and his Chipangano group intend to spread terror in Harare so
that fear grips our supporters to force voter apathy. We’re now in the 21st
century and those medieval tactics will never work again in an informed
society like Zimbabwe thanks to new media, internet and Facebook,’ the MP
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