Police hunt bereaved father

Police have launched a manhunt for Tavengwa Chokuda, the father of an MDC supporter who was murdered by Farai Machaya, the son of Zanu (PF) Midlands Governor and Chairperson.

The police want to force Chokuda to bury his son Moses, whose body has been lying at Gokwe District Hospital mortuary for two years. The heart-broken father has refused to do so before the Governor, Jaison Machaya, apologises for the murder and makes compensation.

Farai Machaya and three of his accomplices were on Monday last week jailed for 18 years each for the murder.

High Court Judge Justice Nicholas Matonsi in passing the judgement, accused police of trying to conceal evidence by leaving out crucial statements made by witnesses.

At the end of last week, police launched a manhunt for Tavengwa Chokuda but failed to locate him. They then arrested his young brother, Kwanisai, who was later released on strict instructions that he should get his family to bury the deceased as a matter of urgency.

A family member, who requested anonymity, said no amount of intimidation would weaken their resolve.

“The position of the family is that the deceased will not be buried until we get an apology and compensation from the families of the murderers. We will not budge,” he said.

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