‘Zanu PF Youths’ abduct,
strip a girl

An eighteen-year-old girl from Norton was
allegedly stripped, beaten and harassed by
alleged Zanu PF youths in the presence of
the ruling party’s candidate, Ronnie
Chindedza, as cases of political violence
escalate ahead of the by-election set for
October 22.
In the Saturday incident, that was reported to
the police under RRB number 2958856,
Natasha Bakalia — whose mother is a
campaigner for independent candidate Temba
Mliswa — said she was dragged from her
home, thrown in a lorry that was packed with
Zanu PF youths and taken to a base where she
was violently abused until nightfall.
Sobbing during a press conference in Harare
yesterday, the girl said the youths repeatedly
told her that she was paying for the sins of
her mother Ronika Nyikadzino.
“Two lorry trucks and an Ipsum plastered with
Zanu PF posters and Zanu PF activists arrived
at our house singing “Temba uchaurayisa
vana” (Temba you will cause deaths).
“Two youth members grabbed my clothes and
tore them as I tried to stop them from getting
inside our house because they were saying
they wanted to throw out my mother’s
property from the house,” Bakalia narrated.
“After they had overpowered me, they made
me strip and change clothes in front of them,
I know these three men, and they carried me
to the lorry.
“They took me to their base in Ngoni where
Ronnie and Yondo sister (Sheila Mabasa) and
other members were and I was further
assaulted as they surrounded me, singing and
beating me. I was forced to wear a Zanu PF T-
shirt.
“They then released me after 8pm, but did not
return our house keys, and now we are
having to sleep at a friend’s house. And after
the incident they are still coming making
rounds at the house we sought shelter.
In the police report, Priscilla Jambaya and
Samantha Zhakata, who are said to be Zanu
PF loyalists were also named as perpetrators
of violence.,
In a related incident, another supporter of
Mliswa, Violet Maskini and her husband were
also assaulted.
At the same press conference, which was
attended by war veterans and National reform
Agenda (Nera) convener Didymus Mutasa,
Mliswa accused Zanu PF political commissar
Saviour Kasukuwere and other senior officials
of fanning political violence.
“As the Norton Zanu PF candidate, Ronnie
Chindedza is compelled by the Electoral Code
of Conduct under Section 7(2) to ‘restrain his
representatives and supporters, from
contravening this code and any applicable
electoral or general law, and must take or
initiate appropriate disciplinary action against
those who contravene this code or that law,”
Mliswa said.
“The case of abduction of the girl-child is a
matter that I would like to bring to the
attention of the first lady (Grace) Mugabe and
hear her sentiments on the matter.” Daily
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