Two suspected killers of MDC-T official die within two days

July 18, 2012 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

By Lance Guma

Two ZANU PF activists, suspected of killing MDC-T official Cephas Magura in
Mudzi two months ago, have died within two days of each other.

Eric Katiza, one of seven youths arrested over the murder, collapsed and
died while on remand, inside Mutoko Prison last week Tuesday. His uncle
Tangwe Chionerwa, also implicated in Magura’s death, later collapsed and
died at the funeral.

Kubvoruno Choga, the district spokesman for the MDC-T in Mudzi North, told
SW Radio Africa: “We really suspect that he (Katiza) died because of what we
call in Shona ‘ngozi’.” When Chionerwa died at Katiza’s funeral, the talk in
the community was that this was ‘ngozi’.

In Shona custom it’s believed ngozi is an avenging spirit, a spiritual
agent, and one of the most dreaded sources of misfortune and death. Writer
Tabona Shoko best describes it as, “the spirit of a person whose death came
as a result of foul play or who has been wronged and dies harbouring
feelings of being mistreated.”

Choga told us two ZANU PF MPs, Newton Kachepa (Mudzi North) and Acquilina
Katsande (Mudzi West), both attended Katiza’s funeral. To the MDC-T this
confirmed accusations that Magura’s killers took instructions from the MP’s.
SW Radio Africa last week posted video evidence of Kachepa inciting violence
in Mudzi.

In May Kachepa’s pick up truck and Katsande’s Mazda T3500 truck were used to
ferry a group of over 300 ZANU PF supporters who advanced on a gathering of
70 MDC-T supporters who were having a rally at Chimukoko Business Centre.
The skirmishes resulted in the death of MDC-T official Cephas Magura.

According to the testimony of a young boy herding cattle at the time, Magura
was hit with a stone by the ZANU PF gang, who continued to assault him as he
lay on the ground. He was then dragged to the roadside and left for dead.
Seven other MDC-T activists were injured and treated at the Avenues Clinic
in Harare.

While many in the community believe the deaths of the suspected killers are
related to Ngozi, Kachepa the MP said Katiza “was already sick from
elephantiasis and we suspect that is what he died from. We are worried that
he was incarcerated and they have been denied bail despite the fact that he
was sick.”

The other ZANU PF activists who were denied bail and remanded in custody to
the 27th July include David Chimukoko, Gratiano Kazingizi, Perkins Karikoga,
Biggie Office, Bob Raphael and Phillip Katsande.

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