MASHONALAND Central governor Ephraim Masawi has been accused of unleashing a reign of terror in the province in a bid to win the forthcoming Zanu PF Bindura primary election.
Masawi is allegedly trying to wrestle Bindura from former Minister of Youth, Gender and Employment Creation and Mashonaland Central governor Elliot Manyika although he denies it.
The Zimbabwe Independent visited Bindura last week to monitor the situation in the area. People who spoke on condition of anonymity said political tension was rising in the constituency. Masawi’s supporters are said to have set up bases and have been attacking opposition supporters.
MDC Chitungwiza executive council member Claudius Marimo said he lost goods valued at about $1 million and about $3 million in cash last month after Masawi’s supporters raided his general dealer shop and grinding mill in Musana.
“Masawi initially approached me and urged me to defect to Zanu PF, which I openly said was impossible,” Marimo said. “He then told me that he was going to deal with me and that my plans to contest against Herbert Murerwa in the Goromonzi constituency were unacceptable.”
“He started sending chiefs to persuade me to join the ruling party before his youths attacked me on several occasions, at one time looting goods and cash worth over $4 million,” Marimo said. “Now I can only go to my business at night and cannot spend more than 30 minutes there.”
However, Masawi denied the allegations that he was perpetrating violence.
“I don’t normally speak to newspapers. Just write Masawi says its rubbish. Who is he? Who is Marimo? He is running a grinding mill and I am running a farm. So that is damn bulls..t,” Masawi said.
“He was attacked because he is a problem. If he wants, he can come and get his money,” Masawi said.