Headmen Bar MDC Campaigns In Hurungwe

By Criswell Chisango    Hurungwe, July 25, 2013 – Pro Zanu PF village headmen under Chief Kazangarare in Mashonaland West province have declared a no go area to other political parties in their area.   Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Professor Welshman Ncube candidate Gladys Gwamada has failed to campaign freely or even paste campaign posters in Chikanga area under Chief Kazangarare situated about 50 kilometers north of Karoi town. Gwamada’s chief election agent Jonathan Maphosa decried the partisan conduct of headmen ahead of next week’s harmonised elections. “It is unfortunate that it is hardly a few days before elections and these headmen have declared Chikanga a no go area for the MDC. We should have been allowed to campaign freely but Madamombe said he will not allow us there,” Maphosa told Radio VOP. Madamombe is a war veteran who led a terror campaign together with Jahweti Kazangarare during the bloody 2008 presidential run-off that saw MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai pulling out citing violence after 200 of his supporters were killed countrywide. In Kazangarare, MDC-T supporter Tapiwa Mubwandarikwa was murdered in April 2008 by suspected Zanu PF supporters but no one has been brought to book yet. Gwamada will face Zanu PF’s Reuben Marumahoko and MDC-T’s Robson Chitaunhike who are seeking to represent their parties in Parliament. Madamombe, refused to respond to the allegations when approached by Radio VOP while attending a hearing at Karoi court on Thursday saying, “I do not speak to journalists that I do not know”.