ZBC journo fingered in Zanu violence

A journalist with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has been fingered as part of the Zanu (PF) militia that violently disrupted Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s rally IN Chitungwiza last weekend.

It emerged on Monday that police had arrested two MDC-T youths over disturbances in the town. In a statement, MDC-T said a ZBC news reporter, Tafara Chikumira, was part of the Zanu (PF) violence coordinating team.

Chikumira was not immediately available for comment, but in an official statement to the media on Monday the MDC-T information and publicity department confirmed the ZBC journalist’s alleged involvement in the coordination of the violence at Chibuku Stadium.

This is not the first time journalists from ZBC have been accused of siding with Zanu (PF) as a number of them have been sanctioned for fuelling violence. This includes: ZBC Diplomatic Correspondent, Judith Makwanya, Rueben Barwe and Musorowegomo Mukosi.

The MDC said its activists, Julius Marambakutongwa and Kuda Muchemwa, were arrested on allegations that they were involved in the disturbances. The two were detained at St Mary’s Police Station.

The MDC T identified some of the perpetrators of Sunday’s violence as: Jim Kunaka, the Zanu (PF) Harare province youth chairperson, Zanu (PF)’s Chitungwiza district coordinating committee chairperson, Wilfred Gwekwete, Luke Luke of Ward 25, Chitungwiza North and Godknows Muzenda, a Zanu (PF) Harare youth provincial member.

Others are: Nyasha Dziva, Chitungwiza DCC secretary, Dennis Fisher, Lloyd Bhunu, Tichaona Chapfika and Tonderai Kasukuwere. Kasukuwere is the younger brother of Zanu (PF) Politburo member, Saviour Kasukuwere.

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