Jomic Investigates Nyanga Violence

Liaison officers from Zanu (PF), MDC-T and MDC were sent to Nyamakomba Business Center on Tuesday where they were supposed to meet representatives from Zanu (PF) and MDC-T. However, the meeting failed to take place because most of the complainants who included the local Member of Parliament Douglas Mwonzora and some villagers were in remand prison after they were arrested in the aftermath of the February 13 violence that rocked the area.

The meeting has now been rescheduled for a later date when all the parties could be represented.Mwonzora accused Energy and Power Development deputy minister Hubert Nyanhongo of spearheading the violence. He also accused police in Nyamaropa of turning a blind eye to the violence because they are sympathetic to Nyanhongo.

The MP wants Jomic to ensure that cases of insecurity and partisanship at Nyamaropa police camp stop and end all illegal demotions or removal of traditional leaders by Chief Saunyama. The chief is accused of removing headmen who are seen as sympathetic to MDC-T.Mwonzora also demanded the arrest of youths who are linked to Nyanhongo whom he blames for kidnappings which he said were on the increase in Nyanga North.

Jomic was set up to monitor the adherence to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) but critics say since it does not have any powers to force the parties to respect the agreement the body has no teeth.But Jomic officials say they send their recommendations to the principals in the unity government who decide on how to use them.