Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesman James Sabau said police were not aware who comprised Chipangano. Zanu PF Harare youth leader Jimmy Kunaka is known to be the leader of the group.
“Who are these people? We as the police don’t know them. If anyone has their identities they should approach the nearest police office so that they are arrested,” said Sabau after being quizzed by journalists on why the police were turning a blind eye to the terror’s campaign in Mbare where they are reportedly setting up illegal road-blocks among other criminal activities.
In a joint press conference held at the head offices of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) lunchtime Monday, also attended by ZRP officers including Sabau, the three chairperson of Zanu PF and the two MDC formations, Amos Midzi, Paul Madzore and Trynos Mgutshini respectively, disassociated themselves from the shadow group.
In a press statement read by Mgutshini on behalf of the three provincial chairpersons of the three political parties labelled Chipangano a criminal gang not linked to any of the parties’ signatory to the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
“We as chairmen of the Harare province, representing the three political parties in the GNU, hereby denounce Chipangano as a criminal gang not affiliated to any of the political parties represented in JOMIC,” read part of the statement from ZANU-PF and the two MDC formations.
Chipangano has, however, been largely associated with President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF.
It has been accused of terrorizing members and supporters of the two MDC formations, particularly Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s popular faction.
But ZANU-PF has made it clear its structures are well structured and do not include Chipangano.
The three political parties appealed to the public to report any criminal activities by members of Chipangano to the police.
“We urge the police to do their work without fear or favour. We believe there is no one above the law in this country. We want to tell members of Chipangano, whoever there are, that their time is up,” it added.