Machaya’s case a wakeup call-Biti

Tendai Biti, the MDC-T Secretary General says the case of Farai Machaya who was jailed 18 years for murdering an MDC local supporter Moses Chokuda, should be a wake up call for all ZANU (PF) merchants of violence.

Tendai Biti
Tendai Biti

Chokuda was murdered by Farai, the son of ZANU (PF) Midlands Governor Jaison Machaya and five others in 2009. However, the burial of the body only took place last week after the Machaya family finally agreed to pay 35 cattle and US$ 15 000 compensation to the deceased family ending a 2 year long impasse.

Speaking at the burial here at Village Chipere under Chief Njelele, Biti who is also Finance Minister in the inclusive government said no one is above the law and political party supporters who commit heinous crimes will face the law even if the justice is delayed.

“A crime is a crime and that does not mean that it stops to be as such to anyone who is in politics. If you murder my neighbour in the name of your party, one day the full wrath of the law will descend on you as we have seen in this case,” Biti said.

He added that there is no logic in trying to win votes through violence leaving out the descent peaceful ways encouraged by democracy principles.

Village Headman Jim Mashizha echoed Biti’s sentiments saying a person is not like a wild animal which one can kill and the matter dies a natural death.

“This case of our son Chokuda should be a lessorn to many people of this area. You do not kill a person on any basis and expect to be free forever. You face the consequences,” he said.

Scores of people also called upon political parties to campaign peacefully ahead of the coming elections saying Chokuda’s brutal murder need not be refreshed

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