NCA claims supporters attacked in Mbare
THE new NCA party has claimed its members were attacked by ruling party Zanu PF activists in the volatile Harare suburb of Mbare at the weekend.
The violence flare-up comes two weeks ahead of a council by-election which the party is contesting for the first time.
“A group of NCA members putting up posters for the party candidate Takura Gadzira were attacked by Zanu PF supporters in Mbare (on Sunday). The Zanu PF hooligans were taking instructions from their candidate Maureen Nyemba,” the NCA said in a statement.
“A lot of you have been asking and I will say this again. We do not know anything about it. It is strange for some unknown little party to claim such things because they are sensing defeat.
“As Zanu PF our campaign strategy has not really changed, we are still campaigning in peace I have not received any report and I believe it is just a hoax by the losers,” said Midzi.
“As a result of this ruthless and barbaric attack three NCA members were seriously injured and are battling for their lives at Avenues Clinic where they are currently admitted. The injured members are Taurai Maravanyika, Patson Mangwiro and Olibeletsi Noko,” the party insisted.
“The matter was reported at Stodart police station. As NCA we continue to hope that the police will arrest Nyemba and her team for political violence.
“We urge Zanu PF to be civilised and allow people the freedom to campaign for their candidates in the council by elections scheduled for 25 January in Sunningdale.”
Nyemba lost in the legislative election to the MDC-T’s Margareth Matienga last year and has turned to the local authority for solace.
The new party accused Zanu PF of paying “lip service to the idea of ensuring that there is peace and stability” and urged its members to remain peaceful during the campaign.
The NCA joins traditional political protagonists Zanu PF and the MDC-T in the elections while the smaller MDC faction led by former Industry Minister Welshman Ncube is not contesting the votes.
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