Tonderai Ndira’s ‘killers known and walking scot free’
By Tichaona Sibanda
Fiery MDC-T Youth Assembly secretary-general, Promise Mkwananzi, has disclosed that people who killed Tonderai Ndira are known and bragging about the heinous crime.
Speaking on Sunday at the memorial service of the former MDC-T Youth Assembly secretary for security, Mkwananzi said some members in his party are quite aware of the identities of the perpetrators who killed Ndira.
Ndira was abducted from his home in Mabvuku by ten armed men early in the morning of 13th May 2008. His body was found a month later with reports saying he had been shot in the heart, had multiple stab wounds, his eyes gouged out, his tongue cut off and his neck, skull, jaw and knuckles broken.
‘Tonderai Ndira symbolizes all the victims maimed or murdered for political reason by ZANU PF. What pains us is that his killers are moving around threatening some of our members that they can still do the same to them.
‘We have among us people who know his killers, murderers who are actually bragging about what they did. But as the MDC youth assembly, we have resolved not to rest until his killers are brought to book ,’ Mkwananzi said.
The outspoken youth leader said they want a Truth and Justice Commission to be created in Zimbabwe to deal with such matters. He added they don’t want to see a scenario like what happened in South Africa where perpetrators of violence during the apartheid era were able to walk free from justice.
‘We need to heal wounds and that can only happen if people who caused mayhem are brought to justice. ZANU PF has done a lot of damage to Zimbabwe and we want to see those behind the evil deeds pay the price,’ Mkwananzi said.
Before his death Tonderai had been arrested and brought to court more than 35 times. However, he was acquitted in all these cases. After his abduction MDC officials and the Ndira family moved around many police stations in search of him.
Following a tip-off, his heavily mutilated and decomposing body was found at Parirenyatwa Hospital’s mortuary in Harare. He was 32. He was buried at the Warren Hills cemetery in Harare.
The MDC said Ndira is one of at least 500 MDC members who were murdered by ZANU PF supporters, aided by State security agents and bankrolled by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.
Tens of thousands of other MDC members were maimed and tortured as ZANU PF and the state militia unleashed a campaign of violence after Robert Mugabe was defeated by MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai in the first 2008 poll.
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