Police Hunt For CCC Activists Over Nyatsime Violence

By Own Correspondent

Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activists are on the run after police swooped on Zengeza West and St Marys legislators Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole over the violence that broke out at the funeral of Moreblessing Ali.

14 other activists from Nyatsime area have also been arrested and currently detained together with the two legislators.

In an interview with a local publication, CCC national spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere accused the police of targeting opposition members when the people who murdered Ali were walking scot free.

“It’s sad that our police always take sides, instead of investigating the murder of our member Moreblessing Ali, they connived with Zanu PF members to disrupt the funeral.

“Instead of arresting Zanu PF members who attacked our members at the funeral, they chose to go for our members

“That is why we have always insisted that Mr Mnangagwa’s administration does not respect rule of law,” said Mahere. 

One of the CCC members who attended Moreblessing Ali’s funeral Hazel Chipunga told ZimEye that she survived by hiding in a nearby bridge as the police and Zanu PF thugs attacked everyone wearing a yellow t-shirt.

Chipunga who is the CCC branch secretary for Zengeza West said since the Nyatsime violence incident, she has been receiving calls from suspicious telephone numbers threatening her with violence.

“I have been receiving calls from people claiming to be police officers asking me to report to St Mary’s police station but surprisingly, they would call in the middle of the night,” said Chipunga.

Another CCC member from Marondera, Audius Makomatsi also had his home, car and shop burnt down by Zanu PF members and is on the run.

“They destroyed my car, my shop and my home and instead of arresting the people who did that, they are targeting me, I don’t know why,” said Makomatsi.

Mahere confirmed Makomatsi and Chipunga’s predicament adding  that Sikhala’s wife had her car impounded by the police.

 “We are receiving reports that the home, car and shop of CCC member, Audius Makomatsi have been burnt in Nyatsime following the memorial service of Moreblessing Ali who disappeared & was murdered. Nobody has been arrested for the murder.

“We are advised that the wife and relatives of Hon @JobSikhala have been denied access to Central Police Station where Hon Sikhala is being held. His car has reportedly been impounded,” said Mahere in a tweet.

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