The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), is concerned that jailed Ntabazinduna traditional leader, Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni, could be killed while he is in prison.
Chief Ndiweni was sentenced to an effective 18 months in prison after he was convicted alongside 23 of his subjects of malicious damage to property involving a fellow villager.
ZAPU deputy organising secretary Ndodana Moyo told a crowd attending a prayer meeting in Bulawayo on Friday that their prayer was that the Chief’s life will be spared, unlike what happened to Lookout Masuku. He said:
We are praying that God intervenes in the life of our chief. They must not kill our chief.
We know they hate him with a passion and they are willing to end his life by any possible means.
But we know with God’s power nothing is going to happen.
… Mphoko, who knows Zanu PF more than us, says he is afraid of being killed. So, we are praying that they must not kill our chief like what they did to Lookout Masuku.
Recently, former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s lawyer told Voice of America’s Studio 7 that his client was afraid of lethal injection if he was taken into custody.
Mphoko is out on bail on charges of criminal abuse of office dating back to the time he was the Vice President.