By Tichaona Sibanda
20 September 2012
Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s henchman, Owen ‘Mudha’ Ncube, is reportedly behind a new militant group based in KweKwe that calls itself ‘AlShabab’.
SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that members of the group usually wear ZANU PF regalia emblazoned with Mudha’s face. The group has in the last three weeks gone on the rampage in Mbizvo, harassing and beating up residents.
The group has also been forcibly evicting shop owners from their business premises, taking them over under the guise of youth empowerment. Alshabab, named after the notoriously bloodthirsty Somalian based Islamic terror group, claims to promote ZANU PF’s controversial indigenization drive.
The MDC-T MP for Mbizvo, Settlement Chikwinya, told us market stall holders in his constituency have not been spared. He said many market stall holders, some of them from ZANU PF, were forced out by the group. He said the group’s actions have heightened tensions in the normally tranquil Mbizvo suburb.
‘They are resorting to their natural DNA of violence and intimidation and since this is election season, we expect them to up the tempo as the polls draw near.
‘I don’t normally speak for ZANU PF but there are several members from that party who have been deliberately targeted for belonging to the (Joice) Mujuru faction. We cannot discount the theory that the group is systematically targeting its opponents from the party,’ Chikwinya said.
Asked who he thought was behind the group, the legislator said the militants are led by Tapiwa Muto but the ‘big fish’ was none other than Mudha, Mnangagwa’s right hand man.
‘We cannot ignore the fingerprints and footprints of Owen Ncube in this group. The other night they came and harassed people who were standing near me having a drink in a bar. They wore party regalia that had Mudha’s mugshot, so you don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you who their master is,’ Chikwinya said.
The group has also been moving around the town inscribing graffiti with the words ‘Alshabab youth power – return back our land.’
Meanwhile, there are reports in Harare that rowdy soldiers and riot police are abusing revelers and other civilians around Harare’s high-density suburbs, indiscriminately assaulting the public for unknown reasons.
The daily Newsday newspaper said the unruly members of the uniformed forces this week descended on Highfield, Glen View and Budiriro high-density areas indiscriminately beating up unsuspecting revelers and the public, before confiscating wares and foodstuffs sold by vendors.