Abducted ZESA manager found dead as Chiredzi violence intensifies

Violence in the lowveld area, particularly Chiredzi town, has intensified in the last few weeks as ZANU-PF militia terrorise innocent civilians. We received a report that Dumihasani Hapazari, a popular manager at the local Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, was abducted from his office last Wednesday and has been found dead near Chikombedzi, some 100 kilometres south of Chiredzi.

Farmer and activist Gerry Whitehead said the perpetrators are believed to be four CIO agents who took Hapazari from his workplace in broad daylight. It is reported that he was found drowned in one of the rivers in the area.

The locals believe Hapazari was targeted because he helped to nominate the MDC’s candidate for councillor. Whitehead described him as a very nice guy who was a strong family man. People in Chiredzi are outraged because they say Dumi, as he was popularly known, was always there when there was a ZESA power failure.

According to the outspoken farmer, ZANU-PF has set up many militia bases in the lowveld area and on Monday youths rampaged through Chiredzi town, forcing anyone they met to toyi-toyi. Those who were too slow in responding were beaten.  

State sponsored violence also struck in Masvingo. MDC Senators Makamure and Musimudziwa had their cars burnt on Monday night. The perpetrators have not been identified but it’s believed that the youth militia were responsible as they have invaded the area in large numbers.

Meanwhile the Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday that Jacob Zuma, leader of South Africa’s ruling party, said he was alarmed and anxious about reports of widespread violence and brutality in Zimbabwe’s election campaign’. The South African leader was speaking during a visit to India. In a speech released by his African National Congress in Johannesburg, he said: “We cannot rest until the situation is resolved, as it affects all of us. We want to see the return of peace and stability in Zimbabwe as speedily as possible.” 

SWRadio Africa

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