Soldiers force-marched residents from Mucheke F,D, Runyararo West and Hillside to the burial of a war veteran and former Zanu (PF) loyalist, Javas Takavada, after allegedly getting orders from Masvingo governor Titus Maluleke. Takavada was declared a provincial hero following his death on Sunday.
“We were shocked to see soldiers clad in their army regalia invading all streets forcing people including children to go to the funeral. We had no option besides quitting everything we were doing,” a resident told Radio VOP.
“We were afraid that failure to go there would provoke the gunmen thereby risking our safety,” said another resident.
“We are still at the funeral, I can’t comment anything now,” said Maluleke before switching off his phone.
The late Takavada was popular for victimising opposition supporters in Masvingo.