Activist attacked over posters

An MDC-T ward secretary, Anyway Tafireyi (40), sustained serious injuries following an attack by Zanu (PF) thugs and a police officer at Tsimba Shops recently.

According to a police report, Tafireyi was attacked at the shops where he works as a security guard. The assailants were identified as Leo Gwasira (a member of the police support unit), Simbarashe Gwasira (a Zanu (PF) youth employed as a Co-ordinator with the Ministry Of Women Affairs) and another man yet to be identified. The thugs accused him of displaying MDC-T campaign posters at the shopping centre ahead of Morgan Tsvangirai’s visit to the town on October 16.

A medical report signed by Doctor J. Mukewa on October 26, confirmed Tafireyi had sustained injuries on his lower back.

“We are handling the assault case,” said a police officer at Dombotombo Police Station. “The accused are making frantic efforts to get the case withdrawn. However, Tafireyi wants the law to take its course. He has furnished the police with a medical report and the wheels of justice are in motion. We expect the case to be brought before the courts soon.”

This is not the first time Tafireyi has been victimised by Zanu (PF). At a Ruwa United Nations protection camp in 2008, unidentified gunmen grazed his head with a bullet. He was among the politically victimised MDC activists given refuge by the UN at the camp.

Meanwhile MDC-T activists here continued to be arrested in connection with the ‘burning’ of Zanu (PF) banner case. Last Thursday, two more accused, MDC-T ward 5 councillor and party district main vice chairperson, Caleb Marange, and youth activist, Mutsawu, were arrested and released on $50 bail each.

They will appear again at the courts together with three other accused November 10.

The district vice Youth Chairperson, Charles Ngwena, Brian ‘Gwekwerere’ Phiri, Shawn Chinhai, Councillor Caleb Marange and Mutsawu are accused of burning a Zanu (PF) banner at Dombotombo Shopping Centre October 16, the Sunday MDC-T Tsvangirai addressed a party rally at Rudhaka Stadium. The five deny the charges.

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