ZANU PF has distanced itself from a party official who was filmed calling for the killing of CCC leader Nelson Chamisa, his supporters and their children at a rally in Mberengwa North.
ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa told ZimLive on Wednesday that comments made by Abton “Bhito” Mashayanyika were “reckless statements.” Said Mutsvangwa:
We don’t have evidence that he is a card-carrying party member. If he was a party member, he would not be issuing such reckless statements.
We don’t associate with such madness, that is why the president at Oliver Chidawu’s funeral preached peace and said we don’t want violence in this country.
We’re not law and order (sic), and will not usurp the powers of the police. I advise the aggrieved (Chamisa) to engage the police, lawyers and courts if they feel the matter is of a serious nature.
After the video went viral, a defiant Mashayanyika told reporters that he is “too ZANU PF to be arrested.”
Speaking to ZimLive on Wednesday, CCC national spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said it was shameful and regrettable for Mutsvangwa to “lie so blatantly.” She said:
It’s a matter of regret that an official of ZANU PF can lie so blatantly. The ZANU PF meeting is captured on video for the world to see.
They can clearly see they’ve been cornered and so are trying to deny evidence that’s on record.
It’s shameful and consistent with a party that has no values and continuously resists accountability.
We call for an urgent investigation by the police who have a constitutional obligation to arrest the suspect and ensure he’s prosecuted. The law must take its course.
Mutsvangwa cannot be a judge, jury and executioner in ZANU PF’s case where it is beyond doubt that they’re guilty.
What Did “Bhito” say?
Addressing supporters at Rampopo hills in Mberengwa North, Mashayanyika, who is a war collaborator and pastor said:
Kana ndichiti pasi naMuzorewa ndinoreva kuti ngaafe (When I say down with Muzorewa I mean he must die).
When we say down with a witch, we mean the witch should be killed. When we say down with sellouts, we mean they should be killed and when we say down with Chamisa, we mean he should be killed.
Have you understood that? So, when I say down with them, you must respond emphatically, knowingly fully well what I mean.
Down with the CCC! Down with Chamisa! … together with his children.
According to Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, Mashayanyika is a bishop in a church called Habbakuk Apostolic Faith Mission and is from the Dlehari area of Mberengwa under Village Head Kuraicha.