Murdered MDC Mbare member laid to rest in Domboshava

Shepherd Bandau, an MDC member who was murdered by Zanu PF thugs in Mbare, Harare on Friday was laid to rest today at Kaseke Village in Domboshava.

Hundreds of MDC members from Mbare and other parts of Harare, including senior party officials attended the burial.

Addressing mourners at the funeral, Harare organising secretary, Tichaona Munyanyi denounced any form of violence and called upon the police to take action against the escalating violence that is being perpetrated in Mbare by the Zanu PF- aligned Chipangano youths.

Bandau, who was the branch treasurer for Jo’burg Lines in Mbare was on Friday murdered by known Zanu PF youths operating under the notorious Chipangano wing.

Five of the 10 Zanu PF youths have been arrested and today appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts where they were denied bail and told to apply for bail at the High Court.

The five are Paraffin Masiyambiri, Marko Mutemeri, Peter Zvomuya, Edward Gava and Tineyi Rupiya.

On the fateful day, Bandau was on his way home from Jo’burg Lines shops when 10 Chipangano thugs approached him and started assaulting him with booted feet and throwing him against the wall.

Chipangano is a notorious Zanu PF outfit that is operating in Mbare. It is sponsored by two losing Zanu PF parliamentary candidates in the 2008 elections, Tendai Savanhu and Zanu PF Harare provincial chairperson, Amos Midzi.

The other sponsor is Hubert Nyanhongo, the MP for Harare South and the Deputy Minister for Energy and Power Development. He is a retired Colonel.

The three are paying and oiling the Zanu PF youths who operate under the rogue outfit to unleash violence on suspected MDC supporters. The Zanu PF shock-troops operate from Carter House, a booking house owned by the Harare City Council in Mbare.

Savanhu was present at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts when the Zanu PF youths appeared in court today.

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