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Police finally act against Zanu PF violence

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By Marrian Rushwaya

Police have arrested 16 suspected Zanu PF supporters in connection with the savage attack on Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) followers during a star rally addressed by party leader Nelson Chamisa in Kwekwe on Sunday.

The suspects are said to have joined the gathering after masquerading as CCC supporters through wearing the party regalia.

The attack happened as Chamisa was delivering his keynote address.

CCC said Sunday that a supporter was killed while 17 others were injured by activists who were armed with stones, spears and machetes.

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The injured were admitted at Kwekwe General Hospital and others are at Topomasi Hospital.

There were claims Monday that another victim from the violence has since died from injuries.

In a statement Sunday, police reported they had arrested 16 people in connection with the skirmishes.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the violent incident which occurred in Kwekwe this afternoon in which one person died.

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“The ZRP also confirms that 16 suspects have been picked up in connection with the incident,” police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Sunday.

He urged citizens to be peaceful and shun violence at all times.

Amongst the suspects, three were found to be Zanu PF card holders with another one armed with a Zanu PF Youth League card.

Three vehicles were damaged during the attack.

The incident follows vows by Vice President and former military commander Constantino Chiwenga that Zanu PF will crush CCC “like lice” to prevent the opposition party from winning elections and attaining control of the State.

Chiwenga made the threats while addressing Zanu PF supporters at a campaign rally in Kwekwe at Mbizo Stadium on Saturday.

The opposition has often accused police of partisanship and continued reluctance to arrest Zanu PF supporters linked to the horrendous acts of political violence.

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