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Chamisa's supporters say Zanu-PF's Sakupwanya responsible for murder of CCC activist

by Staff reporter
18 Nov 2023 at 04:38hrs | Views
Scott Sakupwanya, the Zanu-PF candidate for Mabvuku Constituency, has been implicated in the abduction and subsequent murder of Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist Tapfumaneyi Masaya, according to CCC supporters. Masaya disappeared forcibly during door-to-door campaigning for CCC's Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi, who is set to compete against Sakupwanya for the second time in three months.

Reportedly, individuals identified by CCC supporters as Sakupwanya's associates were involved in the abduction, and there are unconfirmed reports suggesting that the three 4x4 vehicles used belong to him. Kufahakutizwi had previously defeated Sakupwanya in August before being recalled from Parliament by Sengezo Tshabangu, who claims to be CCC's Interim Secretary General.

CCC supporters, speaking anonymously due to fear of reprisals, shared their observations during Masaya's funeral wake in Mabvuku. They claimed to have witnessed the events leading to Masaya's capture and asserted that the perpetrators were known supporters of Sakupwanya.

While expressing concern about potential police interpretation, one resident stated, "It is clear that this is Sakupwanya's doing, but we do not know how saying this will be interpreted by the police considering what (Job) Sikhala is going through." Mourners at Masaya's funeral blamed Sakupwanya for the tragedy and sang songs holding him responsible.

CCC supporters at the late Pastor's home accused Zanu-PF youths of intimidation, leading to a vigil to mourn with Masaya's widow and children while providing protection. Some residents called on Sakupwanya to remove boreholes and buses he had introduced during the August campaign, expressing sentiments of anger and blame.

Masaya is scheduled to be buried at Tafara Cemetery on Saturday. The incident has heightened concerns among CCC activists about the safety of their members, with some noting that Masaya's limited influence within the movement raises questions about the motivations behind the attack.

Source - newzimbabwe