Zhuwao avoids MDC burial

President Robert Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, has been condemned by angry relatives after failing to show up at the funeral of a close relative because she belonged to the MDC, it has emerged.

Zhuwao's aunt, Otillia Nyaude, a staunch MDC-T supporter in Musana communal lands in Mashonaland Central Province, succumbed to injuries sustained from a Zanu (PF) attack in 2008. She died in August this year and was buried on September 1.

Nyaude was originally from Zvimba but was married in Musana. Bindura South MDC-T MP, Bednock Nyaude officiated at the funeral and confirmed the development. He said relatives were shocked to hear that Zhuwao had snubbed the funeral because his aunt supported Mugabe's nemesis, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC-T.

Zhuwao, who is the Zvimba East MP, could not be reached for comment. However, he was present but did not react in Parliament recently when Nyaude raised the matter during debate on the ongoing political violence in the country.

Nyaude derided Mugabe for preaching peace in Parliament while encouraging hooligans and the military to attack his opponents. The MP warned Zanu (PF) officials that the violence they were fomenting could have a serious backlash on them as it was affecting their relatives.

Other sources said Zhuwao had been threatened with violence by his own relatives if he attended the funeral. They blamed his uncle for ordering the horrific violence that led to the death of Nyaude. More than 250 people are known to have died as a result of pre-election violence in 2008.

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