Zanu PF supporters storm Mugabe ally’s home, thoroughly bash his relatives

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Suspected Zanu PF supporters on Friday night allegedly stormed Harare South MP Shadreck Mashayamombe’s house where they bashed his relatives and stole goods as well as cash.

Mashayamombe, one of the leading figures in the G4O faction that was fiercely loyal to former president Robert Mugabe, is receiving treatment after he was allegedly tortured by the army during the military takeover of government last month.

A member of the MP’s family confirmed Friday night’s alleged attack, claiming four men stormed the house, indiscriminately beating up people and demanding that they reveal the former Zanu PF Harare commissar’s whereabouts.

“There were five people in the house and they were all tied up by three men armed with knives and metal rods while one man in a suit holding a gun gave commands,” the family member who refused to be named for security reasons revealed yesterday.

“They broke into the MP’s bedroom, took away suits and pairs of shoes.

“They also demanded money from one of the MP’s nieces who runs a tuckshop and walked away with almost $800.”

They also took away cellphone handsets before driving away in a Honda Fit vehicle whose registration number was supplied to the police, the source said. Police allegedly arrived at the house five hours after the attack.

According to the family member, the men were demanding “money which they said the MP stole with the help of
Mugabe.”

Mashayamombe yesterday accused Zanu PF Harare youth provincial chairman Godwin Gomwe of spearheading the attack.
“This is not the first time he has attacked my brother. In 2014, he attacked him accusing him of undermining then first lady Grace Mugabe,” he said.

At the time, Mashayamombe was a member of the Gamatox faction that backed former vice president Joice Mujuru.

The faction opposed Grace’s ascendancy that Gomwe and other youth provincial chairpersons supported.

Gomwe was not picking phone calls yesterday.

“The president [Emmerson Mnangagwa] has called for peace and I implore Gomwe and others to heed his call,”

– The Standard


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