THE MDC candidate for Insiza, Siyabonga Malandu, says he now fears for his life after the Zanu PF MP for the area, Andrew Langa, allegedly ordered his bodyguards to fire shots at opposition supp
Last Saturday, Malandu and his team were campaigning in Insiza when they met Langa, who is also the Deputy Minister of Transport, travelling with his campaign team.
Langa is alleged to have ordered his bodyguards to shoot at Malandu’s supporters sending them fleeing in all directions.
Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena confirmed that police were investigating the matter but added that they were also investigating allegations that MDC supporters blocked Zanu PF supporters who were on their way to a rally.
“Police are investigating the weekend incident after the MDC candidate made a report and we are also investigating another case where MDC supporters are alleged to have blocked Zanu PF supporters on their way to a rally,” Bvudzijena said.
Relating the ordeal Malandu said what was happening in Insiza was a repeat of what took place during the 2002 by-election.
“Langa shot at an MDC supporter in the run-up to the 2002 by-election and he was not arrested and now he wants to repeat the same actions,” Malandu said.
He dismissed claims by Bvudzijena that opposition supporters blocked Zanu PF supporters saying the allegations were false.
“Langa’s supporters found our supporters parked by the roadside and attacked them without provocation and three of them were seriously assaulted,” Malandu said.
After firing the shots Langa’s supporters reportedly captured three opposition supporters and assaulted them before handing them over to the police who detained them before releasing them later the same day.
Malandu said Langa followed him to a voters’ roll inspection centre where he tried to block him from inspecting the roll.
“At the voter inspection centre Langa threatened to shoot me in front of the police and said he will never be arrested. He even boasted that in 2002 he did the same and was never arrested,” Malandu said.
He said the matter was reported at Gwanda police where four police officers who were present confirmed in front of their superiors that Langa had made the threats to shoot Malandu.