Raffingora Celebrates As Terror Gang Disintergrates
Raffingora, – A sombre mood gripped Zanu (PF) supporters in Mashonaland West following the death of acting chairperson Robert Sikanyika on the eve of Independence holiday on April 18 in a car accident.
He was declared liberation hero by the party and was buried at Nyarugwe farm in Raffingora on Thursday.
Though his death could have been a shock to his Zanu (PF) party, it was a sigh of relief from the members of his community whom he had terrorised and brutalised since the early 2000 soon after the launch of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Sikanyika, rose through the party ranks since 1987 in Raffingora but was virtually unknown till 2000. He teamed up with five others and together they were popularly known as the Top Six. The terror gang was believed to be bankrolled by an influential businessman who is also a close relative of Mugabe.
Other members of the notorious gang included Josphat Saidi, Dominic and Josphat Chiweshe, Joseph James and the late Tichaona Sande. The gang is believed to have been involved in many atrocities inlcuding extortion of money from suspected MDC supporters, businessmen, farmers and raping of women. The group was known to giving orders even to senior police officers.
The group operated in mainly in Chegutu, Kadoma, Karoi, Kariba and Hurungwe.
Sikanyika was elected into the party central committee in 2004, but failed to play the needed‘’balancing act’’ in feuding party camps where Defence minister Emerson Munangagwa is believed to be leading a faction with Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo. Party sources said Sikanyika was aligned to Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka widely believed to also be in Munangagwa faction.
’He was enjoying both worlds of these factions and failed the balancing act during his tenure as acting chairperson when he took over from John Mafa two years ago‘’ said one party insider.
Last June, Sikanyika led Zanu (PF) youths to disrupt the Constitution outreach in Mhangura and Chinhoyi where former governor Nelson Samkange, Members of Parliament and others were sent packing.
He also forced school children to sign the anti sanction petition launched by President Robert Mugabe recently.