|Chief Inspector Chaminuka hunts down MDC officials in Mutare
By Tichaona Sibanda
15 May 2007
Two senior officials from the MDC in Manicaland province have gone underground fearing for their safety after being ‘invited’ for a chat at Mutare central police’s Law and Order section by a senior police officer.
Provincial secretary Linnet Kareyi and her deputy Webber Chinyadza, mindful of what happened to their spokesman Pishai Muchauraya, decided to take a safe route and declined the invitation.
The invitation was extended by chief inspector Chaminuka, a notorious police officer with a well-known hatred of opposition figures. Two weeks ago MDC spokesman for Manicaland, Pishai Muchauraya was waylaid into a trap after officers from the Law and Order in the town sent word that they wanted to talk to him over certain political issues.
Oblivious of the dangers he faced ahead, Muchauraya went to the police station. This was the last time he was seen until he emerged from a hospital bed after spending a week in police cells at Harare central police station, being routinely tortured by senior assistant commissioner Musarashana Godwin Mabunda, Superintended Chani and an Inspector Rangwani.
Speaking from Mutare on Monday, Muchauraya said Kareyi and Chinyadza had suggested to the police that their lawyers accompany them to their offices for any discussions centred on political issues.
‘This offer was rejected by the police and the duo became worried because a lot of MDC officials and activists have been abducted in similar circumstances before. Until our lawyers can talk to the police first, Kareyi and chinyadza will stay out of sight for the time being,’ Muchauraya said.
Last week, Newsreel exposed Mabunda, a senior police officer based in Harare as a ‘vicious torturer’ behind the serial beatings of MDC activists at the notorious Law and Order section at the central police station.
Interestingly, Mabunda is a respected elderly at his Zaoga church, and this revelation has shocked many in the church with reports that its founding father, Ezekiel Guti, has reportedly expressed dismay at the news.