Kidnappings surge ahead of poll

Cde Muchinguri

Cde Muchinguri

Herald Reporters
Zanu-PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs Cde Oppah Muchinguri yesterday said there were reports of more kidnappings and intimidation ahead of the party’s 6th Women’s League conference which begins in Harare on Thursday as she warned those behind the shenanigans that women would protect the integrity of their conference.

Cde Muchinguri made the revelations while addressing a Press conference at the party’s headquarters in the wake of the shambolic National Youth Conference that was marred by allegations of vote buying and manipulation.

“In some cases, the League has received reports which border on criminal conduct where its members have been kidnapped or sequestered against their will and without the knowledge of their families who do not know the whereabouts of their loved ones,” she said.

“These reports are very worrying and they must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

“The League wants to make it very clear and put it on record that any of its members who are kidnapped or sequestered ahead of the conference will be deregistered and will thus not be allowed to participate in the conference without fear or favour to enforce discipline as well as to protect and ensure the integrity of the conference.

“For the same reasons, the League calls on law enforcement authorities to take the kidnapping reports seriously and let the law take its course against the culprits regardless of their standing or station in the party or society.”

Cde Muchinguri said they had received reports of such kidnappings from Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, and Masvingo, but could not divulge the identity of those responsible and reported to the police.

Last week, National Assembly Member for Gokwe-Gumunyu Cde Melania Majovani reported Minister of State in the President’s Office Cde Flora Buka to the police for allegedly abducting and holding members of the wing hostage to force them to vote for her.

She eventually lost to Cde Majovani in the Gokwe contest.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could, as has become the norm, not be reached for comment yesterday.

Zanu-PF national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said in a statement yesterday that all the 10 provincial chairladies of the Women’s League should attend an urgent meeting scheduled for tomorrow by the party’s National Elections Directorate.

The meeting is meant to finalise preparations for the conference.

The Women’s League completed its elections to fill its slots in the Central Committee in all the provinces last week.

The elections were full of drama, as allegations of voting impropriety were raised by some losing candidates in some provinces, while the process was smooth in other areas.

In Manicaland province, Mutare South MP Cde Nyasha Chikwinya got the highest votes, while the others elected were Cdes Agatha Mugomba-Muparutsa, Jane Mabuto-Knight and Alice Mutindori.

But national Women’s League secretary for information and publicity Cde Monica Mutsvangwa lodged a complaint to the provincial executive after she lost, accusing main wing members Cdes Didymus Mutasa, Munacho Mutezo, Enock Porusingazi, Esau Mupfumi, Fred Kanzama, Nyasha Chikwinya and Cde Mvundura of interference.

In Harare province, Cdes Albertina Bwititi and Eva Chanetsa won the right to lead portfolios, while their deputies would be Cdes Agnes Musarurwa and Mary Chakanyuka-Chatibura.

Cdes Irene Mutubwa, Elizabeth Shongedza, Maude Chigwada and Dorothy Kadungure made it in Mashonaland Central.

Those successful in Mashonaland East were Cdes Olivia Muchena, Marbel Nkatazo, Phoebe Bharata and Catherine Tapera.

In Mashonaland West, former provincial Women’s League chairlady Cde Sarah Mahoka and Cdes Jennifer Mhlanga, Hilda Bhobho and Catherine Mugabe were elected.

In Masvingo, the four elected were Cdes Shuvai Mahofa, Angeline Chipato, Namatirai Chivhanga and Algina Samson Mhlanga.

In the Midlands, Cdes Elisina Nhari, Christina Mayer, Mercy Ncube Mashunye and Florence Khumalo made it.

Bulawayo would be represented by Cdes Eunice Nomthandazo Moyo, Judith Ncube, Esnath Moyo and Rosie Phiri, while Matabeleland South would be represented by Cdes Eveline Mpofu, Nkosinomusa Langa, Lesly Ncube and Fuluselo Muleya.

In Matabeleland North Cde Donnie Sibanda, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu, Cde Musa Ncube and Cde Veronica Munkuni won.

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  • Be Factual

    Is this the Herald? Wow! Good reporting guys! There is hope.

    • Judas Iscariot

      What choice do they have? The cat has been let out of the bag.Rather you should give credit to the president,first lady.cde Muchinguri,vp Mujuru and cde Gumbo, for finally admiting the revolutionary party is in shumbles. Its not like herald has unearthed anything that the public already didn,t know about. They are simply reporting what the president has been saying in public.If they were reporting bout MDC T,they would have given us the names of the individuals involved not just saying bigwigs or high ranking ZANU PF members.

  • pidigori

    If ruling party supporters can kidnap senior party members over a party election what would they do to an opposition supporter during a general election? Just wondering?

    • Gonawapotera

      Most of them never lived to tell their horror stories

  • grecko

    This is sickening. And you keep forcing us to believe the other elections were legit when you are tearing each other apart like this, always? All we continue to hear are promises of dealing with culprits as if you don’t know them. Had it been any other time people would be happy about the impending implosion in the party, but no, it’s also the sinking of the country. With this disorder from ZPF and all opposition parties our future is doomed. Never entrust peoples’ future to politicians, especially Zim ones.

    • Charles

      Our future will never be doomed my dear.Our God will fight for us.As you rightly say let’s not entrust our future to politicians but to God the creator.

  • Detective

    It has been shown time and time again that the opposition MDC-T the brain child of the white devils resorts to violence and kidnapping in an effort to intimidate our peace loving comrades of the revolutionary party

  • Dombodema

    As Cde Jonah said, ‘The best way to fight corruption is to expose it’.
    Kudos Herald!
    Expose them. Basa sebasa maCdes. Very impressed and very happy.

  • Observer

    1. Police spokesperson, employed solely to speak, has resorted to not speaking anymore…
    2. When we used to think violence in zim was perpetrated by mdc,bmy party is now self-accusing of being the ones who are violent, cheating, rigging, having palpable chicanery & sheninagans, suppressing the people’s will… What shock!!! The truth is stubborn but it always sets you free!!

  • Mundia

    Which is the violent party, are chickens coming home to roast.

  • Makusakatara


    I am sure your concern about what Cde Oppah is still doing in the League is answered by her intention to relinquish that post in December. She has already said it clearly that she wishes to hand over the reigns of power to Mai Mugabe and it would seem AMai has accepted; just awaiting endorsement at the Elective Congress coming in December 2014.

  • Detective

    Thanks Common Sense for realising i was being sarcastic