Violent Zanu PF Commanders get jail sentences

CHIREDZI – Three men who were Zanu PF base commanders in Chiredzi North Constituency last year during the run up to the June 27 presidential runoff elections were each sentenced to 30 months in jail with hard labour by a Chiredzi Magistrate for torturing a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) member.\r\n

The three Vengai Zihura (38), Alek Ziwende (38) and Eukeria Muvengwa (37) were brought before the magistrate on Thursday.

Appearing for the state, Prosecutor Edmore Mbavarira, told the court that the three assaulted a woman whom they accused of being an MDC-T supporter using wet and dry logs, before fingering her genitals in front of a mob, accusing her of supporting Tsvangirai.

The three took chances to put their fingers in the woman (name supplied)’s genitals and demanded that she ‘repent’ and support Zanu PF. The incident took place on 6 June 2008 at Administration Hall A in Mkwasine, Chiredzi around 1800 hours.

Pleading before Magistrate Judith Zuyu, the three said they were only acting on instructions of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area Ronald Ndava (Zanu PF).

However, the magistrate ruled that the three be locked up in prison for 30 months with hard labour.

Chiredzi residents on Friday celebrated news of the three’s sentencing.

“We are very happy to hear that those thugs were given a tough jail sentence. That is a lesson to teach people that violence at election time does not pay,” said Taruvinga Chimedza, a resident.