By Mugove Tafirenyika |Daily News|
Another Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) activist, who is also the party’s Marondera West constituency coordinator, Taungana Makirimira’s house — in Chihota, Mashonaland East — has been torched by suspected Zanu PF youths.
ZPF spokesperson Jealous Mawarire said; “Makirimira, 40, had his house torched by suspected Zanu PF arsonists during the night”.
“The incident was reported under RRB 2584450 and recorded as CR 01-10-2O16. Police details who attended the scene revealed that the footprints they suspect to be that of the arsonists suggest that five people might have been involved in the burning of the house,” he said.
Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) advocacy officer George Makoni said Makirimira’s house was set ablaze at the weekend.
He said the activist’s property, including six bags of fertiliser, maize seed, blankets, clothes and kitchen utensils, among other things, were destroyed by the fire.
“Zanu PF youth leadership comprising Lucian Chipitiri, who is a youth league ward chairperson, Munyaradzi Chikosha and Taderera Gwanzura, a ward chairperson, confronted Makirimira at Chipitiri Township and threatened to punish him for conducting ZPF activities in the area,” Makoni said in a CCDZ statement.
However, Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, said he was not aware of the matter.
“I would not know everything that happens in the country but as a party we do not condone violence. We want people to peacefully co-exist,” he told the Daily News.
Efforts to get police spokesperson for Mashonanald East Norbert Muzondo’s comment were unsuccessful as his phone was unreachable. He had not responded to a text message sent to him by the time of going to print.
However, national police spokesperson Charity Charamba said; “I have not yet received the report but if they have made it, like you are saying, we will probably get it by tomorrow”.
This comes hardly a fortnight after top officials of the former vice president Joice Mujuru-led ZPF, including Agrippa Mutambara, were left for dead following a brutal politically-motivated attack by suspected Zanu PF youths.
The youths had allegedly invaded the farm of a ZPF official, Obert Mutasa in Guruve, Mashonaland Central Province.
Also, the assault also came hard on the heels of another attack of a ZPF activist, Passmore Simba, whose house, in the same province, was also torched by suspected Zanu PF youths.
Makoni said while the torching of Makirimira’s house was reported at Landas Police Station, no arrests had been made to date.
His organisation expressed concern about the escalation of violence ahead of the 2018 elections as well as the failure by police to protect citizens.
“We call upon the Zimbabwe Republic Police to investigate this particular incident and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions”.