Amid all the bloodshed of Zimbabwe’s 2008 election, it was the murder of the 30-year-old Tonderai Ndira that caught the international media’s attention. He became a symbol for the country’s political struggles. Five years on, Zimbabwe is transformed, but the freedoms he fought for remain far off.
Lest We Forget
MWENEZI – His first name means ‘the will of God’ but Kudakwashe Basikiti, the ZANU PF MP for Mwenezi East, led and participated in vicious acts of political violence in Zimbabwe that left dozens dead and hundreds displaced in his constituency.
MUDZI – A shocking You Tube video exposes the murderous role of Zanu PF’s MP for Mudzi North, Milton Kachepa (also known as Newton in other reports). The MP was filmed in 2012 warning MDC-T supporters that Zanu PF doesn’t just ‘kill’ but ‘destroys.’
SHAMVA – A comprehensive dossier exposes Zanu PF Shamva North MP, Nicholas Tasunungurwa Goche, as having led violent and murderous campaigns in his constituency that led to the deaths of dozens of opposition activists and serious injury to hundreds.
MUZARABANI – Last year in June, Chief Changara Kasekete of Muzarabani, was officially given an electrified three bedroomed (six roomed) house which was built by United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.
Christopher Mutsvangwa, the former director of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation unleashed a reign of terror in Norton after losing to an MDC-T candidate in 2008. Several opposition activists died at the hands of terror mobs he personally directed.
The Zanu PF MP for Mudzi West, Aqualinah Katsande easily goes onto the Zimbabwe Wall of Shame. Between April and June 2008 she orchestrated a reign of terror that left many people with terrible stories to tell about her brutality.
The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Didymus Mutasa, led violent political campaigns in his Headlands constituency and other parts of the country. As a former Minister responsible for the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) he often used its agents.
Youth and Indigenisation Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has been anything but a ‘saviour’ for Mount Darwin South, where he is an MP. A comprehensive dossier exposes him as a violent thug who from 2000 to 2008 beat up and killed opposition activists.
Minister of State for Presidential Affairs (and Political Violence) Didymus Mutasa is desperately trying to cleanse himself of any blame for the tragic death of Christpowers Maisiri, the 12 year old boy who died after the hut his family was sleeping in was burnt down.
Nehanda Radio is serialising the book “Solid Impact Stories: Experiences of Student Rights Activists in Zimbabwe (2000-2012)” courtesy of the Students Solidarity Trust (SST). Today we look at Melissa Nomakhosi Ndlovu.
British MP Kate Hoey has stirred a hornet’s nest after moving a motion in Parliament to officially condemn the shooting down of Air Rhodesia Viscount RH827 by the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) guerrillas during the liberation war.
PICTURE – This picture appears to show businessman Philip Chiyangwa as a member of the BSAP (British South Africa Police) African Reserve and according to it he served for several months in the lead-up, during and post the March, 1980 election.