Noel Rungano, the councillor for ward 4 in Epworth and a member of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), was reportedly abducted, assaulted, and later found near Chikurubi Maximum Prison in an incident that occurred on Wednesday night. This information was confirmed by Promise Mkwananzi, the spokesperson for CCC.
According to Mkwananzi, Rungano’s wife reported the abduction, which took place late at night at their residence. The CCC’s security department promptly located Rungano and rushed him to the hospital after finding him abandoned near Chikurubi. He had suffered severe injuries from the assault.
Mkwananzi placed blame on the ruling party, Zanu PF, for the attack and called upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to put an end to political violence. He urged Mnangagwa to exercise political restraint and prioritize the peace and security of all citizens, emphasizing the importance of respecting the choices made by Zimbabwean voters.
“We continue to denounce political violence and restate the fact that Mr Mnangagwa could not have won the elections and yet be so bitter and vindictive.
“We expected him to be celebrating his ‘victory’. Mr Mnangagwa ought to exercise political restraint and uphold peace and security of all citizens as required of him (as a de facto ruler) by the law.
“We reaffirm that no amount of intimidation will dissuade Zimbabweans from peacefully and non-violently demanding that our votes must count and our choices must be respected,” Mkwananzi said.