From Ray Bande in MUTARE
LOSING candidate in the Zanu-PF primary elections held just before the June 10 by-elections, Cde Binali Yard, was arrested on Monday, after he allegedly sent abusive messages via the social medium WhatsApp, to Member of the National Assembly for Dangamvura-Chikanga Cde Esau Mupfumi.
Police in Manicaland confirmed the arrest of Yard, but could not shed more light, saying they were still working on the matter.
“I have tried to contact those working on the case and they said they are still doing the paperwork,” said deputy Manicaland police spokesperson Chief Inspector Luxson Chananda.
Sources said there has been bad blood between Cdes Yard and Mupfumi since the June 10 by-elections. In the text message allegedly sent to Cde Mupfumi, Yard accused the legislator of rigging the polls.
“If you want fresh elections, yangu newe unowana zero kana Makaya wako anondivhotera. (If you want a fresh contest, you will get zero. Even your backer Makaya will vote for me.) I have had enough of your s . . .t. You must grow up.
“Mudhara ini handikutye, ndakunyararira zvakwana ndorwa neni nemavhu iwe une mari. Ward 6 even udii haufe wakadiwa. Don’t force people kuti vakude iwe usingadiwe. Kunyarara handi kupusa. Hauna kuhwina Esau wakabira and I got proof. Uri rubbish mudhara iwe; do your worst I am not scared of you,” reads part of the message from Yard.
(I am not scared of you old man. I have maintained my silence for too long. I will fight against you single-handedly without money, and still beat you with your moneybags. No matter what you do, voters in Ward 6 do not like you. Do not force people to like you when they do not. My silence does not mean that I am stupid. You rigged the poll Esau, and I have proof of that. You are rubbish old man, and I am not scared of you.)
Efforts to get a comment from Cde Mupfumi were fruitless as his phone went unanswered.