National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister Moses Mzila–Ndlovu was recently reportedly attacked by a knife-wielding man.
A week later his office was broken into by unidentified suspects believed to be State security agents miffed by his outspokenness over Gukurahundi issues.
Mzila-Ndlovu, the MDC MP for Bulilima West, has often criticised the government for attempting to muzzle debate on the Gukurahundi massacres.
He has embarked on a campaign to ensure Gukurahundi victims’ remains are properly buried and their relatives get compensation. Other members of the organ are Sekai Holland (MDC-T) and Vice-President John Landa Nkomo (Zanu PF).
“I believe this was not a thief because if he really wanted my money he would have attacked me by my car and not waited for me by my flat door. This was carefully orchestrated as the guards who ordinarily guard the building every 24 hours were conveniently not around when it happened,” Mzila-Ndlovu said.
“My office at the Organ of National Healing premises was broken into exactly a week after I was attacked. I found the furniture moved and the lock broken, but there was no evidence of any missing items. I believe this was a politically-motivated attempt by State security to bug my office by mounting listening devices or hidden cameras which I am still yet to find.”
But Mzila-Ndlovu said he did not report both incidents to police because he had “lost faith in them”.
“Following these attacks I made no police report because I have lost faith in them as they are active only when I am the accused and not the victim,” he said.
However, police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said: “Ndlovu’s comment about the police is his opinion, I cannot say anything further.”
Mzila-Ndlovu, who said he was speaking about the incident for the first time at a rally in Bulawayo on Saturday, said he was attacked a fortnight ago by a man wielding a knife at the door of his apartment in Harare.
“The man had approached me carrying a knife and he tried to steal from me. Luckily I quickly held his wrist and forced the knife down,” he said.
“He then let go of the knife and went for my shoulder while I pulled him by his collar. The attacker ran away after a man from the first floor approached having been alerted by the skirmish.”
In June, unknown assailants allegedly threw a bomb at MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti’s Harare home, a move his party suspects could have been politically motivated.
No one was injured in the attack and no arrests have been made to date.