POLICE in Harare on Wednesday quizzed Zanu PF youth provincial chairperson Jim Kunaka in connection with an incident where two MDC supporters were assaulted in Mbare.
REPORT BY FELUNA NLEYA
Kunaka and another Zanu PF activist only identified as Gobvu were summoned after they were accused of blocking MDC-T supporters from attending their party primary elections in Mbare Constituency on Saturday.
Sources said police recorded statements from MDC-T activists Chamunorwa Muchauripo and Royal Mwanza, who were the complainants in the matter before asking them to bring medical reports from a government hospital indicating the extent of injuries.
Contacted for comment, national Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said: “As police we carry out investigations and when we need information we call on anyone to assist us with investigations. Therefore, there is nothing sinister for Jim Kunaka and Gobvu to be called in because they will be assisting police with investigations.”
Kunaka is reportedly one of the leaders of Chipangano — a shadowy militant group aligned to Zanu PF although he has always distanced himself from the violent group made up of mostly party activists.
Meanwhile, police also said they were investigating two cases of political violence which erupted in Harare South on Tuesday between Zanu PF and MDC-T youths.
Nyathi said they had received two separate reports from Zanu PF and MDC youths who had been attacked in the politically volatile Harare south where Zanu PF holds its sole parliamentary seat in the capital city.
“We would like to confirm that we have received a report from Cosmas Mutukwa, a Zanu PF youth chair from Masunda branch in Waterfalls, who is alleging that he was attacked by four MDC supporters,” Nyathi said.
“We are also investigating another case where two MDC youths Royal Mwanza and Luckson Ngweremu are claiming that they were attacked by Zanu PF members at Crest Breeders whilst they were wearing their party red caps and T-shirts.”
Nyathi said police would arrest anybody caught engaging in acts of political violence.
“We want to warn anyone who will be caught engaging in political violence, whether between parties or intra-party. Swift police action will be taken and the culprits will face the full wrath of the law,” Nyathi said.