ZANU PF has launched a terror campaign in Gutu North constituency where a by-election is due on February 2/3, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change has charged.
The seat fell vacant in September last year after the death of Vice President Simon Muzenda. Retired Air Marshal Josiah Tungamirai, representing Zanu PF, will battle it out with the MDC’s Casper Musoni.
In an interview with the Zimbabwe Independent this week, Musoni said Zanu PF had resorted to its dirty political games of victimising and torturing opposition party sympathisers.
“Zanu PF has started attacking our supporters and anyone suspected to have links with the opposition,” Musoni said.
“We are not able to hold campaign rallies because all those who attend are tracked down and picked up for torture. Zanu PF has established a command centre at Gutu Rural Council which they have converted into a torture camp,” he said.
“Our campaign has been restricted to home visits and distribution of flyers but still the people we are visiting are victimised for merely having spoken to an MDC candidate,” Musoni explained.
Musoni said there was a lot of fear among the electorate.
“The electorate is shying away from us for fear of victimisation,” he said.
One of the torture victims kidnapped from Serima area last Saturday and later dumped at Gutu-Mpandawana growth point – 35 km away from his home – said he was lucky to be alive.
Ngoni Mudzamiri, who was on Monday admitted at Gutu Mission Hospital, said he was kidnapped at Matizha Shopping Centre by a gang of Zanu PF supporters driving a white Nissan Hardbody truck.
“It was around 9 pm when a vehicle full of people approached me. They easily identified me because I was putting on an MDC T-shirt,” Mudzamiri said.
“They hauled me onto the truck and quickly drove away. I was being beaten all over my body along the way. I was driven around the constituency before being taken to Mpandawana where I was tortured until I fell unconscious. I was later dumped along the Harare/Chiredzi road,” Mudzamiri said.
Mudzamiri reported his ordeal to Musoni who took him to hospital.
Zanu PF has since 2000 resorted to violence, torture and victimisation of the electorate to cower the opposition.