The Zimbabwe Election Advocacy Trust (ZEAT), an election watchdog, has strongly condemned the brutal murder of Nyasha Zhambe Mawere, a member of the opposition MDC Alliance.
Mawere who was buried last Saturday in Gutu, Masvingo, succumbed to injuries sustained from an assault by suspected ZANU PF supporters during Nelson Chamisa’s tour of Masvingo a month ago.
In a statement, ZEAT described the murder of Zhambe as shocking and barbaric. Read the statement:
We learnt with great shock about the untimely demise of Nyasha Zhambe Mawere who was abducted and attacked by ZANU PF Youths near Mpandawana Growth Point.
This happened when MDC Alliance President Advocate Nelson Chamisa was touring Masvingo Province in his meet the people tour. As ZEAT we feel it is a public secret that man is born with inalienable rights. These are rights that cannot be given away.
Amongst those rights is the right to life. The right to life is a God-given right which no man can take away except God. The state has no right to take away this right.
Considering the impact of the event as we head towards the 2023 harmonised elections we, therefore, call upon ZANU PF to respect the sanctity of life. We also call upon them to call their Youths to order and ensure the prevalence of a peaceful environment that will necessitate the holding of free and fair elections.
The UKinZimbabwe has urged the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to fully investigate the case. Said UKinZimbabwe in a statement:
Concerned by reports of the death of Zimbabwe opposition supporter Nyasha Zhambe Mawere. Important that there is a full police investigation into this incident, in line with Zimbabwe’s constitution and law.
While no one has been arrested over the case, MDC Alliance says Mawere’s assailants are known ZANU PF hooligans.