MP battles for life after Zanu PF assault

5
512

Budiriro MP Costa Machingauta is reportedly battling for his life at a private clinic in Harare after he, together with at least 10 other opposition activists, were brutally assaulted by suspected Zanu PF youths on Thursday.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

The MDC-T legislator was coming from a No Reforms, No Elections rally at Glen View 3 shops which was addressed by the main opposition party’s leader Morgan Tsvangirai when he and other party supporters were severely assaulted by the marauding mob.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday confirmed the incident, but said there was no mention of Machingauta.

“Yes, we received that report of people who were assaulted, but there was no mention of any MP,” said Charamba.
She further said according to information they had, there was also no mention of Zanu PF.

But Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka yesterday accused Zanu PF supporters of maiming the MP and others and said perpetrators should be brought to book.

“The MP had been called by party members at Budiriro shops when Zanu PF thugs asked why he was wearing an MDC T-shirt,” Tamborinyoka said.

“The MDC members tried in vain to explain to the thugs that he was an MP, but the thugs would not listen and began assaulting the party supporters and the MP with fists and iron bars. The MP was seriously injured and a report made at Budiriro 2 Police Station before Machingauta was driven at around midnight for treatment to a private clinic in Harare.”

Tsvangirai visited Machingauta yesterday where he expressed concern over the rising violence saying this vindicates his party’s position not to participate in the forthcoming by-elections in such a “toxic” environment.

In previous elections and particularly in Mbare, Zanu PF ran a youth militia, Chipangano, which terrorised perceived opposition supporters.

Rights group Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) said it was concerned by what happened in Budiriro.

“Heal Zimbabwe Trust condemns the assault of Honourable Costa Machingauta, an MDC-T National Assembly representative for Budiriro, as well as 10 other party supporters by alleged Zanu PF supporters on 23 April 2015,” the human rights group said in a statement.

According to HZT, the attack was in direct violation of Section 67 of the Zimbabwean Constitution which promotes the upholding of political rights where free participation in any political party is guaranteed.

“The victimisation come hardly a week after the assault of Sidney Chisi (director of Youth in Democracy Initiative of Zimbabwe), a human rights activist, by police officers after the anti-xenophobia protest at the South African embassy last week,” added HZT.

5 COMMENTS

  1. This is called political intolerance with the full support of the leadership even in their absence similar to the xenophobic attacks in RSA against peaceful Zimbabweans with the support of the same leadership?

    Unless we Zimbabweans wake up, our rights, constitution entrenched or not, will continue to be violated with absolute impunity? What does the leadership hope to gain? Are they worried about loosing elections when they are the only participants in those elections? Who is doing the thinking here?

    Is it possible that in Zimbabwe we might be seeing a situation where every citizen will very soon be forced to like RGM and his party, more like worshipping him?

  2. What can I say? Heartbreaking! ZPF need to see 14million Zimbabweans march at them. Zvakwana! They are a party driven by the evil spirits of violence, murder, death and destruction. There is coming a terrible judgment on them. They refuse to repent!

  3. PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL… YOU CAN GET LEGITIMATE MONEY FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS WITHOUT USING YOUR PERSONAL CREDIT OR YOUR SS# GET THE FACTS NOW…. CHECK this website here for more info>

    ==== >> == >>. ­ W­W­W.J­O­BS­YELP.COM

  4. Could this be the work of Biti and crew or maybe Thokozani Khupe? The ever splitting party insurgences.

Comments are closed.