NCA activists hospitalized following attack by ZANU PF supporters

Amos Midzi

ZANU PF Harare provincial chairman Amos Midzi denied knowledge of the attack

By Mthulisi Mathuthu
SW Radio Africa
07 January 2013

Three Harare-based National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) activists were hospitalized on Sunday after they were attacked by ZANU PF supporters, the new party has claimed.

A party statement said Taurai Maravanyika, Patson Mangwiro and Olibeletsi Noko were amongst the NCA activists who were campaigning for the forthcoming Sunningdale council by-election, when ZANU PF supporters pounced on them.

The three were admitted at the Avenues Clinic in Harare and discharged late Monday and are now recovering at their homes.

Media reports Monday quoted ZANU PF Harare provincial chairman Amos Midzi denying any knowledge of the incident. Midzi claimed that ZANU PF was committed to peace and that the party’s campaign strategy ‘has not really changed.’

But the NCA on Tuesday insisted that their members were attacked as they were putting up posters in Mbare for Takura Gadzira, the party’s candidate in the by-election scheduled for January 25th.

The NCA fingered ZANU PF candidate Maureen Nyemba and her group of supporters in the incident which was reported at Stodart Police Camp.

NCA spokesperson Madock Chivasa said it was expected that Midzi would deny the incident because it was ZANU PF’s ‘tried and tested strategy’ to inflict violence on opponents and deny responsibility.

Speaking to SW Radio Africa, Chivasa said: “It is clear Nyemba is guilty. Those people who attacked us were with her and they live with her. They (ZANU PF) are simply denying the obvious.”

The NCA statement also said that the party will continue with its peaceful campaign in the hope that “primitive parties like ZANU PF will learn from us to be civilized in their approach to politics.”

Nyemba lost the contest for the Sunningdale parliamentary seat to MDC-T’s Margaret Matienga in last year’s election and has now resorted to vying for the council sear.

Also contesting in this month’s by-elections, which will be held in Karoi and Zaka too, is the MDC-T while the other MDC faction led by Welshman Ncube is not taking part.

It will be for the first time the newly formed NCA political party is contesting in any election since its launch in September last year.

4 Responsesto “NCA activists hospitalized following attack by ZANU PF supporters”

  1. dumbu says:

    ZANU(PF) hooligans are starting their moronic activities because of afraid of defeat. This is the end of the road . 2018 zero zero.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      ”ZANU(PF) hooligans are starting their moronic activities because of afraid of defeat”, sekuru dumbu said. Oh no no my gosh, Aah, sekuru, matanga futi kunyora nechirudzi chenjuzu kana kuti madzimudzangara, imi musingazive kunyora kwacho. Ko madii kunyora nechekwamai kana chiraparapa zvacho, sekuru? Nhamu inenharo sekuru. Ikokuda kunzi ndinogona kukwira miti kana kufamba zvenemusoro nakamba, nhai sekuru. Nyorai nechirudzi chamunoziva kwete kutishoresa sekuru.

  2. Yepec says:

    One cannot be surprised by what Zanu PF can do after the rigging of the 31st July 2013 elections. This is just the first of practical, political lesson for Madhuku and his gullible NCA followers. Some naive but coward, political people have fled Zimbabwe and are singing their mantra song in London eventhough the ordinary people in Zimbabwe are suffering more

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