In a heartbreaking revelation, CCC President Nelson Chamisa has expressed his deep disappointment at the government’s deafening silence in the face of escalating politically motivated violence targeting his supporters.
The opposition leader expressed his dismay following the killings of four members of his party, allegedly at the hands of State Security agents and Zanu PF youths.
Speaking to journalists after visiting the family of Tapfumaneyi Masaya, a CCC supporter who was brutally tortured and murdered by alleged Zanu PF supporters while campaigning in Mabvuku, Chamisa highlighted the gravity of the situation. Masaya’s body was discovered battered and bruised after an extensive 48-hour search by his colleagues and family.
Chamisa expressed his deep concern, saying, “We have seen an escalation of this challenge. In the past year, we have lost Mboneni Ncube, Moreblessing Ali, a comrade in Gwanda, we nearly lost Takudzwa Ngadziore, we lost Tinashe Chitsunge in Glen View 7.”
He further emphasized the lack of government response and condemnation regarding these acts of violence, stating, “What is shocking is that there is no statement from the government to convey condolences, to discourage this kind of tyranny and terror, to try and correct the settings of murder in the context of our elections. We cannot even start to speak of an absence of convictions. Culpability stands at the doorstep of those who are supposed to preside over the state.”
The victims mentioned by Chamisa have experienced horrifying fates. Mboneni Ncube was stabbed by Zanu PF youths. Moreblessing Ali’s body was dismembered by a Zanu PF youth in Nyatsime, while Tinashe Chitsunge was stoned to death during Zimbabwe’s recent harmonised elections.
Surprisingly, neither President Emmerson Mnangagwa nor the Justice Ministry have made any comments regarding these killings. The only public institution to address the issue has been the police, who have stated that they are conducting an investigation.
The lack of government response and the absence of any clear measures to address the violence have raised concerns about the state’s commitment to protecting its citizens and ensuring a safe and peaceful environment during the electoral process. The opposition party and its supporters continue to demand justice and accountability, urging the government to take swift action to prevent further bloodshed and bring the perpetrators to justice.