Council hires lawyers to recover vehicle and pistol

MARONDERA The local authority has engaged a firm of lawyers to recover items grabbed by losing Zanu (PF) executive mayor, Ralph Chimanikire.

Chimanikire allegedly grabbed a pistol and a Toyota Corona vehicle when he lost local council elections to an MDC (T) councillor, Farai Nyandoro, in March 2008.

The pistol was allegedly among council weapons used by the junta to eliminate suspected MDC (T) supporters in the run-up to the 2008 presidential elections.

The MDC council has been under pressure from residents to rein in council employees who are hard-core Zanu (PF) and who may have been involved in terror campaigns against the MDC in 2008. They say some thugs are still employed by the council and continue to intimidate residents who support the MDC.

Residents said they were afraid Chimanikire might use the firearm against them should political violence erupt once again.

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