An MDC-T activist was allegedly killed on Saturday while seven other party members were injured after their rally was disrupted by suspected Zanu PF supporters at Chimukoko business centre in Mudzi North, Mashonaland East province.
MDC-T Mudzi district spokesperson Kubvoruno Choga confirmed the incident, which came a day after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay left the country.
Choga identified the deceased as Cephas Magura, who was the partys Ward 1 chairperson.
As we are speaking, a high-powered police delegation is at the scene where Magura was murdered and are looking for the culprits behind Maguras death, Choga said.
MDC-T activists accused Zanu PFs Mudzi North MP Newton Kachepa of being involved in the alleged violent clashes.
They claimed prior to the incident, the MPs car had been seen parked about 500 metres from the venue of the MDC-T rally.
We suspect that Kachepa is behind the political violence which erupted in Mudzi over the weekend because his car was seen 500m away from where we were holding our rally, Choga said.
Contacted for comment, Kachepa only said I was not there, before hanging up his mobile phone.
Choga said just before they held the rally, a group of suspected Zanu PF youths stormed the venue chanting party slogans and claiming they wanted to use the same venue for their meeting.
David Chimukoko, the Zanu PF councillor, told us that he was holding a developmental meeting at the same venue, but we had been given a police clearance to hold our rally at the same venue, Choga said.
I immediately reported the case to the police who were monitoring the rally and transported women, children and old people to the police station for safety using my truck.
We were later informed that one of our members was killed and we did our own investigations until we found that police had taken Maguras body to Mudzi Hospital.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesman Inspector Bulisani Bhebe said he was unaware of the incident.