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Headman Richard Chikwasha of Ward 5, Ndire District in Musengezi (Mashonaland Central), a self confessed ZANU PF supporter, in cahoots with suspected ZANU-PF militia is purported to have petrol bombed the house of Ignatius Chimbidzika the headmaster at Musengezi Secondary School, destroying his household property on November 21, 2012. Since the incident, neighbours have failed to account for Chimbidzika's whereabouts.
Prior to this incident, Headman Chikwasha is said to have been trying to oust Chimbidzika from the Musengezi Secondary School administration ostensibly for ill-treating school children, and also because he is not a local in the Ndire area but in reality because of his suspected political affiliation. On January 9, 2012, Chikwasha is reported to have held a meeting to coerce parents into supporting him in ousting Chimbidzika from the school.
In an interview with the Crisis Report Team, Isaac Gatsi, a local in the Ndire area confirmed the incident. Gatsi lamented over how Headman Chikwasha publicly threatened the headmaster at Musengezi Secondary School with death. Gatsi added that, Headman Chikwasha vowed to get rid of Chimbidzika before elections next year. According to Gatsi, headman Chikwasha issued the death threats at a meeting held on January 2012 with parents and said the following:
"Ignatius Chimbidzika is not from this area so are of his colleagues. It is in my authority as the headman of these 27 villages whose jurisdiction was granted to me by Chief Kristain Chirume, Mambo Matsiwo, that I may empower youths from my area to take up teaching jobs to replace those who are not from this area. I intend to make sure that Chimbidzika is relieved of his duties, if no other measures are taken. He is not from this area and more so he is the root planting MDC activism in Ward 5and this is not acceptable. We are a Zanu PF stronghold and his existence has brought us more disgrace than peace. €
According to Gatsi, Chimbidzika reported the threats and harassment to Chidodo Police Station and the Ministry of Education, but no action was taken by both parties. Gatsi also lamented the inaction from JOMIC, which despite having been sensitized on the increasing cases of political violence in Musengezi, has not taken the initiative to engage the victims and the accused.