Chipangano kingpin declared hero, buried at provincial shrine

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ZANU PF has declared its late terror group Chipangano leader, Edward Mungwari Chataika, a liberation war hero, in recognition of his role in ensuring a resounding victory for the ruling party in the 2013 elections.

BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA

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Chataika died on April 2 at his home in Mbare and was buried at the Harare Provincial Heroes Acre yesterday.

The Zanu PF activist led a violent election campaign in most parts of Harare, particularly Mbare, leaving mostly opposition MDC-T activists displaced.

According to a letter seen by NewsDay signed by Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo dated April 3, 2016, Chataika’s family would be entitled to benefits from the government.

“I shall be most grateful if you would make the usual arrangements for his burial and payment of benefits to his dependants. He is from Harare Province,” read part of the letter addressed to Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda.

The conferment yesterday sparked outrage from opposition political parties with the MDC-T saying hero status had been “bastardised” by Zanu PF.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu said many genuine heroes could be turning in their graves as they witnessed the conferment of hero status on “political thugs and perpetrators of gross human rights abuse”.

“Surely, this is a gross insult to all victims of the terrorism that was unleashed on innocent and defenceless people by the terror group Chipangano. We have stated it before and we repeat it here and now: Zanu PF can proceed to bury its thugs and criminals wherever it wishes, but one day very soon, true and genuine heroes and heroines shall be separated from hooligans and traitors who have been undeservedly buried at what should otherwise be solemn and respectable burial shrines,” Gutu said.

MDC spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said: “Zanu PF has a history of rewarding bogus and violent people. Our understanding is that Chataika is one of the people who spearheaded the 2008 terror in Mbare making the suburb a no-go area. We get very worried when Zanu PF begins to reward such people.

“Chataika does not deserve hero status. Zanu PF has rewarded a criminal by conferring him with liberation war hero status. The people of Zimbabwe will not miss him.”
People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume said: “He should have gone to the grave coming from prison.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. Zanu PF is sending a message to the rest of their thugs that they also will be rewarded for killing as many Zimbabweans as they can so it can continue in power, to prolong the boot-licking and corruption and suffering through the human worship of Mugabe.

  2. What a disgrace it was!!! Even the Catholics graced the occasion , what a shame it was!! once more, canonizing a murderer, no-wonder the ills of this country are endless.

  3. Shame shame on shameless ZANU PF idiots..Let them enjoy the benefits only for the time mad Bob is alive

  4. Just mark all these thug graves soon we will dig out them when Grace40 takes power in the next few months

  5. So you kill and maim, torture and terrorise, suppress and oppress, rig and manipulate and you get called a war hero. What kind of twisted thinking is that? “woe to those who put good for evil and evil for good….” no one needs to question why it is vital ZPF goes in its entirety. May God have mercy on us!

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