Colonel revives torture bases

A Zimbabwe National Army colonel, Charles Muresherwa, has allegedly been resuscitating torture bases here which were used by Zanu (PF) during the run up to the bloody June 2008 presidential run-off.

Villagers who spoke to The Zimbabwean this week accused Muresherwa of setting up semi-military bases at Mhakwe, Biriwiri, Nhedziwa and Shinja primary schools where Zanu (PF) youths are being indoctrinated.

“Muresherwa is moving around the district in army uniform setting up Zanu (PF) youth bases. One famous base is at Mhakwe primary school where youths spend the whole night singing pro-Zanu (PF) songs and denouncing the MDC,” said a teacher at Mhakwe primary school who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.

The villagers said the army colonel was working closely with Zanu (PF) youths who terrorised villagers during the previous election.

“It seems this exercise is well co-ordinated and sanctioned by the party because Zanu (PF) chefs such as Joshua Sako are often seen at these bases,” said another villager.

Muresherwa is aspiring to be a Zanu (PF) MP in the area.

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