MDC-T activist found dead in Zengeza pub

December 5, 2012 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

By Tererai Karimakwenda

An MDC-T activist who had been drinking with a legislator for the area was found dead at a pub in Zengeza 3, under unclear circumstances.

The body of Elisha Kanyama, a brother-in-law to MDC-T MP for Zengeza West Collen Gwiyo, was discovered by another patron at the pub on Monday.

His brother Brighton told NewsDay newspaper that the family suspects the thirty-year old was murdered for political reasons, but there is no evidence suggesting this was the case.

Brighton told the paper: “We are known as MDC-T activists and there have been clashes before with some ZANU PF supporters so we do not really know what led to his death.”

Kanyama had been drinking with Gwiyo at the pub earlier on Sunday and had actually left to go home. But for reasons not known he wound up back at the pub again that night. Other patrons said they last saw him around 11pm. He was found dead about an hour later, just a few metres from where he was seen drinking.

NewsDay said the body was found with a swollen shoulder, leading to suspicions he may have been attacked with a heavy object.

The MDC-T provincial chairperson for Chitungwiza, Alexio Musingire, told SW Radio Africa that there were no clues as to what happened to the activist. He had not spoken to anyone else after MP Gwiyo left and it is possible that Kanyama may have been robbed.

A post mortem will be conducted at the Chitungwiza Hospital mortuary.


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