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Tsvangirai to boycott CIO's heroes acre burial

by Staff reporter
27 May 2013 at 07:03hrs | Views
The MDC-T party and its leader who boycotted the funeral of ex-provincial governor and diplomat, Jevan Maseko, at the National Heroes Acre has vowed not to turn up for the burial of CIO chief Elias Kanengoni either.

Kanengoni, who was the CIO's deputy director (internal) and a former Zanu-PF central committee member, died after collapsing at his Concession farm last Wednesday and was declared a national hero.

He is set to be laid to rest at the national shrine outside Harare on Monday.

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said his party would not turn up for the funeral, protesting Kanengoni's involvement in the shooting in 1990 of Gweru businessman Patrick Kombayi.

"We also want to put on record that we are also not going to attend to Elias Kanengoni's burial for the reason that he is the one who shot Patrick Kombayi. So we are not going to attend his burial,"Mwonzora said.

Kombayi was an MDC-T Senator at the time of his death in 2008.

In the run-up to the 1990 legislative elections, the Gweru businessman sustained serious injuries and had to seek treatment in London after being shot by Kanengoni, then a CIO officer, and Kizito Chivamba, who was a Zanu PF MP for Chiwundura.

Kombayi was challenging Vice President Simon Muzenda for the Gweru urban seat at the time.

Meanwhile the MDC-T also boycotted Sunday's burial of Maseko who was a member of the ZIPRA High Command during the liberation struggle.

"We did not go there because we do not have or know his history," said Mwonzora.

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