By Nkosana Dlamini
Former MDC mayor for Harare Emmanuel Chiroto Saturday took a brave decision to join Zanu PF, a party he has blamed for the gruesome murder of his wife back in 2008.
He was among seven individuals linked to MDC who reportedly defected to Zanu PF Saturday.
His late wife Abigail Chiroto, who was 27 at the time, was seized from the couple’s Hatcliffe home in Harare 16 June 2008 together with the pair’s son Ashley, then four years old, by some alleged Zanu PF assailants.
She was found two days later brutally murdered at a farm near Borrowdale on the outskirts of Harare.
Abigail was found with a gunshot wound to the head and a deep cut on her stomach. Her skull was crashed. A post-mortem report showed she had been savagely assaulted and her limbs broken. She was still blindfolded.
The boy was however found unharmed.
Then MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa was quoted as saying Abigail had been beaten so severely with rocks and iron bars that her face was almost unrecognisable.
Chiroto, who had just been elected city mayor, was not home at the time of the kidnapping.
The then city father later gave a heartrending tale of the incident and how it traumatised his son.
“My son keeps on saying to me, ‘Daddy, go and get mummy from the forest, go and get her and bring her home’. I have not told him his mummy is dead,” Chiroto said at the time.
On the night of the kidnapping, the couple’s house was also destroyed by a petrol bomb by the attackers.
The incident happened in the middle of horrifying acts of violence visited upon opposition supporters during the bloody campaign that preceded the June 27, 2008 presidential run-off poll between then bitter rivals Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai.
MDC claimed more than 60 of its followers were killed in the two-month orgy of violence which destroyed homes and further displaced thousands.
Chiroto could not be reached via his mobile Saturday to gauge his sentiments about his new found affection for former tormentors.