MDC-T official murdered by ‘known’ ZANU PF thugs in Mudzi
By Tererai Karimakwenda
An MDC-T ward chairman in Mashonaland East was murdered over the weekend, by
a gang of ‘known’ ZANU PF thugs who attacked party activists gathered for a
rally at Chimukoko Business Centre.
According to witnesses, 67-year old Cephas Magura was assaulted by ZANU PF
youths who had approached the MDC-T gathering, armed with logs and sticks.
Seven other MDC-T activists were taken to Harare Hospital for treatment
after the attack, which took place in the presence of police.
Piniel Denga, MDC-T spokesperson for Mashonaland East, told SW Radio Africa
that the perpetrators are known in the area.
“Most of the perpetrators of the violence are in ZANU PF structures in the
area and are known to our supporters,” Denga said.
Denga explained that the MDC-T had organised a rally licensed by police at
Chimukoko Business Centre, to mobilise support ahead of elections expected
in the country. He said the event had not even started when ZANU PF youths
started chanting slogans and toy toying.
“They had put a blockade across the road which had to be removed to get to
the venue. To our surprise we realised ZANU PF was having a ‘green show’ at
the same centre this time of year. But they were just finding something to
gather for. Any excuse for them to disturb the rally,” Denga said.
Sekuru Magura, MDC-T chairperson for ward 1, Mudzi North, fell down after he
was hit with a stone and was severely assaulted as he lay on the ground. The
gang, which the MDC-T said was led by ZANU PF councillor for Ward 3, David
Chimukoko, then dragged Sekuru Magura to the roadside and left him there.
The ZANU PF MP for Mudzi North, Newten Kachepa, allegedly drove the violent
youths to Chimukoko in his truck. Also implicated in the attack are the ZANU
PF Mudzi North youth chairperson, Graciano Kazingizi, Gerald Nyatsinde,
Patrick Mutepeya, Clement Simendi, John Karonga, Ward 2 councillor Jevas
Chiutsa and George Katsande, son of the Mudzi West MP Aqualinah Katsande.
Denga said police have made no arrests so far, claiming investigations are
underway. But the MDC-T are demanding that all known perpetrators of the
attack be arrested immediately.
He added that four of the injured MDC-T activists had been treated and
released, but three others were still at Harare Hospital receiving
treatment. Denga blasted Robert Mugabe for publicly talking about peace
while at the same failing to order the arrests of known criminals within his
“If he is ordering Police Commissioner (Augustine) Chihuri to arrest known
perpetrators of violence then Chihuri is not complying and he should be the
one arrested for that,” Denga stressed.
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