MDC-T MPs yesterday called for the arrest and expulsion from the House of Assembly of two Zanu PF MPs implicated in the alleged murder of 67-year-old MDC-T activist Cephas Magura in
Mudzi last week.
The move was unanimously supported by Zanu PF MPs during a motion on debate on the Presidential speech. The MPs said those found guilty of perpetrating violence should be held responsible for their actions.
The MPs implicated in Magura’s murder are Aqualinah Katsande (Mudzi West) and Newten Kachepa (Mudzi North).
Eyewitnesses told the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) last week that Kachepa’s pick-up truck and Katsande’s Mazda T3500 truck were used to ferry Zanu PF activists involved in the disruption of the police-sanctioned MDC-T rally and the attack on the party supporters that led to the murder of Magura.
Kadoma Central MP Editor Matamisa (MDC-T) called for the immediate arrest of Katsande and Kachepa. Glen View North MP Fani Munengami (also MDC-T) said Katsande even had “the guts” to lie saying the murdered MDC-T activist died
after he fell from a moving vehicle.
“I am surprised that Katsande, a female MP, had the guts to say the person who died in Mutoko fell from a truck, and it’s a disgrace Kachepa, one of the MPs implicated, is in this House with us and I am challenging him to explain how those things happened in his constituency and how his vehicle was used to block and ferry people,” Munengami said.
“The two MPs are good at killing but have never contributed to any debate in the House and unless they are brought to book and explain what exactly happened, this House will continue labelling them killers.”
MDC-T MPs said it was ridiculous that the two implicated Zanu PF MPs were still walking free when some Glen View residents were languishing in remand prison for the alleged murder of a policeman and had gone for a year without being tried.
Muzarabani MP Edward Raradza, Hurungwe West MP Sarah Mahoka, Goromonzi MP Biata Nyamupinga, Shurugwi South MP Anastancia Ndhlovu and Magunje MP Franco Ndambakuwa (all Zanu PF) concurred, saying those implicated should be arrested.
Zvishavane Runde MP Lawrence Mavima (Zanu PF) urged MPs to form a “Parliamentarians Against Violence” organisation to curb incidents of violence perpetrated by MPs.
MDC-T female MPs Lynette Karenyi (Chimanimani West) and Evelyn Masaiti(Dzivaresekwa) threatened to boycott all Parliamentary meetings attended by Katsande, saying she was a “disgrace to women” and demanded she apologise to Parliament and her party, Zanu PF.