ZANU PF youths assault villagers

The villagers Charles Chovi and Charles Chunje were assaulted by some ZANU PF youths at Checheche Primary School, who were led by Tonderai Ngwendu and Gilbert Kombo, who used benches, boots and clenched fists.

The two villagers were accused of sitting on some benches which had been set up before the arrival of the COPAC team members for a meeting to solicit people’s input into a proposed draft constitution.

Villagers who witnessed the incident said Chovi and Chunje sustained some injuries on their bodies and had to sought medical attention at St Peters Hospital.

The COPAC meeting was called off after some villagers protested that the meeting could not proceed as some of them had been assaulted and intimidated before the arrival of the COPAC team members.

Ngwendu and Kombo were fined by the police at Chisumbanje Police Station, who also asked Chovi and Chunje to pay an admission of guilty fine for engaging in public fighting.

Mutasa North legislator David Chimhini, one of the leaders of the outreach team confirmed the assault and the abandonment of the meeting which he blamed on the intimidation carried by some ZANU PF supporters before the arrival of the COPAC team.

“There was intimidation and because of the tension at the meeting, we decided to postpone the meeting,” said Chimhini.