Councillor Murambwa released, Chipangano fingered

Following his abduction at Mbare Musika on the 26th of March 2012 by notorious ZANU PF militia group, Chipangano, Councillor for Ward 13 in the Mazowe South District, Vincent Murambwa, was released the same day with stern warnings against "kutengesa nyika € (being a sell-out).

Murambwa, for the mere reason that he was wearing a Zimrights T-shirt written 'Ngozi Haiteveri Akutuma, Inotevera Iwe!' was captured and force-marched off a bus he had boarded at Mbare Musika. He was then taken to a Chipangano base where he was stripped of the T-shirt and accused of being a sell-out. They took his identity documents and a sum of $60 from his wallet before forcing him to  run   for dear life or   face a thorough beating.

It is worrying that the police have allowed Chipangano to take over Mbare, and cause havoc and terror to the high density suburb. This incident comes a few months after the same group disrupted a fuel station project by Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe spokesperson, Mr. Stan Zvorwadza, claiming that Mbare was ZANU PF territory. The police who handled the matter acted in a purely partisan manner and ended up laying false charges on Zvorwadza; of threatening to murder ZANU PF activists, Clifford Mazarura and Clever Ntabende.

The militia group has gone on to invade business places like Mupedzanhamo and Siyaso markets and other council properties including Carter House which is used as a torture base with impunity. Its members assault civilians and terrorise vendors, forcing them to produce ZANU PF membership cards and attend rallies. The group is also said to have cost Mbare a US$5 million dollar housing scheme supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that would have seen new housing units being built for the poor in the suburb.

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