“We had just retired for bed when a group of Zanu (PF) supporters led by Colert Mutimwa, a security guard at Joshua Sako, the Zanu (PF) Secretary for External Affairs in the Youth League broke our hut while we were sleeping with my children and my wife.
Mutimwa grabbed my son by the hand and said they were going to return him on condition that I renounce my MDC membership,” said Sibonile Marwirana.
Marwirana said he and his wife followed the abductees and they discovered their son abandoned in the middle of the bush after the parents started making noise alerting other villagers.
Marwirana said he reported the incident to Chimanimani police station but no arrests were made.
The MDC Chimanimani coordinator, Pardon Maguta confirmed the incident. “Mr Marwirana and his wife visited our district offices last seeking assistance and advice from the party on the alleged abduction of their son .The couple also complained about new wave of political violence in the area which is dominated by Zanu (PF) supporters.
“The problem with Machongwe is that the area is a resettlement area and it is dominated by Zanu (PF) supporters. Under the circumstances it is very easy to identify and harass MDC supporters,” said Maguta.
Last month an MDC Isuzu truck ferrying party supporters from Ndima was ambushed and attacked in the area. One of the MDC activist Watson Miyocha was seriously injured in the attack and was rushed to Chimanimani Hospital.
The truck which belonged to the Mutare MDC provincial offices had also its window screen shattered in the attack which happened a few metres away from Sako’s farm. Radio VOP