Abducted headmen tortured, left for dead

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TWO Mashonaland West traditional leaders who were allegedly abducted at a Zanu PF campaign rally in Hurungwe West on Sunday resurfaced in the constituency yesterday where they gave harrowing accounts of their ordeal at the hands of their abductors.

BY OBEY MANAYITI/NUNURAI JENA

Headmen Kapambara and Alick Mangisi yesterday claimed they were tortured and left for dead by their abductors who accused them of misleading the electorate and campaigning for independent candidate Temba Mliswa.

This came as civic society organisations condemned the tense political environment in Hurungwe West constituency ahead of the June 10 by-elections, saying such a situation would not guarantee free and fair elections.

Before their alleged abduction, Kapambara Mangisi and four other headmen from the constituency were publicly assaulted by party youths at the rally after being labelled “sell-outs”.

The rally was attended by Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo and central committee member Phillip Chiyangwa.
Kapambara, who is Zanu PF Mashuma district chairman, re-joined his family on Monday night while Mangisi, who sustained severe injuries under his feet, resurfaced yesterday.

Mangisi said he was picked by people driving a white vehicle and beaten and left for dead in a bushy area far away from where the rally was held.

“They beat me with big sticks under my feet accusing me of misleading my people,” Mangisi said.

Mliswa is set to contest the election against Zanu PF’s Keith Guzah.

Meanwhile, several civil society organisations have appealed to the police and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to intervene and restore sanity in the constituency to ensure free and fair polls.

“What is particularly disturbing about the unfolding catastrophe is the fact that it is allegedly being perpetrated by very senior people in both the government and ruling party against traditional leaders and communities that support Zanu PF but not necessarily the candidate that has been put up for election,” Election Resource Centre director Tawanda Chimhini said.

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  1. During the liberation struggle it used to hurt to you hear Smith calling the “freedom fighters” terrorists for we thought it was mere propaganda. But events like these vindicates Smith. Zanu PF has for a long time now been terrorising the people it claims to have “liberated” with impunity, and its time people of this nation must rise up and liberate themselves from this monster called Zanu PF. RISE UP AND FIGHT FOR YOUR LIBERTIES SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF ZIMBABWE!!

  2. The black african feels nothing for his fellow black, infact an african can actually fight for a white man rather for his own kind…which is why africans brutalise their countrymen and fellow africans with impunity. the typical black african is a vindictive creature which is content with wallowing in squalor and which does not value the sanctity of a fellow african’s life. the african revels in violence but is also inately cowardly and without much appreciation for basic human rights.

    • are all these guys black african Adolf Hitler,Vlad III,Kim jong ,Vladimir lenin,Joseph starlin ?my point is anyone is capable of all the things you mentioned black white or otherwise,do not steriotype people trying to justify your peception of africans as cruel and heartless through unfortunate events of these few greedy bastards who hold the rest of the black african in poverty.

  3. guys lets just publish the evidence for all of us to know if its true and kuti vaiti veizvi vanyare sengkhatazekile we are tired of this lets force it to stop

  4. Mugabe must forthwith, he will never have anything to offer again to Zimbos. In actual sense he th stumbling to progress. Why is he still clinching to power corruptly nxaaaa!

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