MDC-T member assaulted by ZANU PF on Independence Day
By Alex Bell
As Zimbabwe was commemorating its 32nd anniversary of Independence on Wednesday, a ZANU PF group of youths led an attack on an MDC-T member in Epworth.
Samson Muripo Jnr, who is an MDC-T Youth Assembly ward chairperson was attacked by known ZANU PF youths on Wednesday night. The MDC-T said on Thursday that he was targeted by the ZANU PF group because he had used his car to ferry MDC-T members to the burial of the late Senator Tichaona Mudzingwa.
According to Muripo, who had to seek medical attention, the ZANU PF youths led by one Teddymore Chari approached him at Munyuki Shopping Centre and demanded to know why he had used his vehicle to ferry people to the burial.
“They then assaulted him with broken bottles and booted feet before they tried to handcuff him. Muripo managed to escape with the handcuffs and made a report at Epworth Police Station,” the MDC-T said.
Muripo said it was discovered at the police station that the handcuffs used by the ZANU PF youths had been supplied by a police sergeant based at the police station.
No arrests have been made.
The attack came as Robert Mugabe on the same day used his Independence Day speech to denounce political violence in the country. Observers have commented that this violent display by ZANU PF demonstrates the insincerity in Mugabe’s comments, because if he really wanted violence to end, he could make it happen.
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