Zanu (PF) 'victory' resurrects terror group

11 supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change from Mbare are in hiding after they were threatened with violence and death by members of Chipangano, a Zanu (PF) terror group in their constituency.

The activists, the majority of whom have been targeted because they were polling agents in the recent poll, alleged that they are being targeted because Zanu (PF) supporters fear being exposed over how the party emerged the winner in the recent harmonised elections.

The 11, who reside in Nenyere and Matapi flats, in Mbare are Erika Tsodzo, who are brothers, Noah, Lust and Cleopas Chinodya, Bauren Chiwaya, Austin Masanza, Gift Rangisi, Munyaradzi Kativu, Patrick Kamanga, Bezel Masuku, Simon Chimbangu and Gift Rangisi.

They were visited by the group at their houses and told to vacate ‘and go and stay with their losing leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’.

Chipangano is a terror group from Mbare comprising Zanu (PF) youths. In the period leading to the 2008 harmonised elections, the group embarked on a violent spree, targeting members of the opposition.

The supporters were beaten and evicted from their homes. Some of them moved back to their houses in 2011 after winning their court cases.

Noah Chinodya from Block 1, Nenyere Flats said trouble began on Friday afternoon when the militias, some of whom were identified as Eddie Mandovha, Garikai Chirambadare, Robert Makoto, Joshua Pfori, Moreblessing Zuze and Enmore Chinyanga, in the company of more than 50 others, went to his house and started celebrating their party’s victory at his door.

“They threw stones, bottles and sticks at me while shouting obscenities mocking my leader. They gave me ten minutes to pack my belongings and vacate the house.”

51 year old Erica Tsodzo who was in hiding together with her 29 year old son, Cleopas Chinodya, said they were threatened with death by members of the terror group.

“They told us that they wanted to show us that Tsvangirai was a real loser because even if they beat us this time, there was nothing that we could do because the police were on their side,” said Tsodzo.

She said because they have been beaten before by members of the terror group, their families have since vacated their home.

Zanu (PF) Spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo told The Zimbabwean that he was not aware of these developments and said he was going to make a follow up at Matapi police station.

“Some of these accusations are stage managed to make us look like we are a violent party,” said Gumbo. “We are urging party supporters not to engage in any form of violence. We are the winners and we are saying there is no need for retribution.”

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