MDC-T activist’s murder haunts parly

The murder of Cephas Magura, an MDC activist, in political violence in Mudzi recently, is brewing anger in the Lower House, with MPs calling for the suspension of the two legislators implicated in the murder from parliamentary sessions.

Zanu PF MPs Milton Kachepa (Mudzi North) and Acquilina Katsande (Mudzi West) have been fingered the violence that rocked Mudzi last weekend, resulting in the death of Magura.

The EU, in a statement on Tuesday, condemned the murder, saying the police should have taken action to avert it.

MDC-T youths told a visiting Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) team that the two Zanu PF MPs incited their party supporters to attack MDC –T members attending a rally at a business centre in Mudzi.

Fani Munengami, MP for Glenview (MDC-T), said the two MPs are supposed to be expelled from Zanu PF and should also be stopped from attending parliamentary proceedings.

“If the President (Robert Mugabe) was hearing what l am saying now, he would expel these people from his party. These people (Katsande and Kachepa) do not deserve to be in the House of Assembly. Given an opportunity, l would order that the two should not be allowed to attend parliamentary proceedings until it is clearly established that they were not directly involved in the matter,” he said.

Chairperson of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, Biata Nyamupinga, the Zanu (PF) MP for Goromonzi West, said political violence such the one that broke out in Mudzi should not be tolerated.

“We don’t expect violence as women. We expect that those who perpetrate violence should be jailed as a warning to potential perpetrators of violence,’’ said Nyamupinga.

The MDC-T legislator for Chimanimani West, Lynette Karenyi, said Katsande should not be allowed to attend women’s caucuses.

“People usually say a woman has a tender heart because she gives birth but what this woman (Katsande) did is the opposite. She should not be allowed to attend the women’s caucus until she denounces violence. We will only rest after the two people have been arrested and jailed,’’ she said, referring to Kachepa and Katsande.

“These honourables are no longer supposed to be honourables as they are dishonorable,” she added.

Six Zanu PF activists have since been arrested over the incident and they are being held at Nyamapanda Police Station.

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