MDC Officials Brutalised After Abduction

In a statement to the media, the MDC-T said Abel Samakande, the MDC-T Mutoko East district chairperson and Steven Zenda, the Mutoko East District Organising Secretary, were seriously assaulted by Zanu (PF) thugs in Mbare ON Thursday.

Samakande sent a sms to a Radio VOP reporter about his abduction on Thursday afternoon.

The MDC-T said Zenda, 36, who was at the Mbare Musika bus terminus was forced out of a bus by Zanu (PF) youths led by one Hondo and started assaulting him. “They dragged him to a building opposite former Bata Stores at Mbare Musika where other Zanu (PF) youths were gathered and further assaulted him with booted feet, button sticks and metal rods. The assault resulted in him sustaining injuries on his head, hands, feet and back. Zenda was forced to call his superiors to come to Mbare. He contacted his district chairperson, Samakande, 42 who on arrival had his car’s side window smashed as Zanu (PF) youths tried to abduct him,” read part of the MDC-T statement.

“The two were then allegedly dragged into a torture base at Mbare Musika, where they were further assaulted. During the assault, two police Internal Security Intelligence, (PISI) officers are said to have arrived, and in the presence of Zanu (PF)’s Chipangano chairperson and one Hondo, took details of the two before they were released. The MDC-T said the two activists reported the incident at Mbare Police Station where a docket was opened but no arrests had been made although the assailants have been identified. The RRB number is; 1217898.

“The two have since been admitted in hospital. Zanu (PF)’s violent Chipangano terror group continues to roam the streets of Mbare, harassing, intimidating and assaulting known MDC activists and supporters but no action is taken against them,” the statement noted.