Nelson Chamisa, leader of Zimbabwe’s Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has voiced his astonishment over President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s lack of response to the escalating political violence targeting opposition supporters. This statement came after Chamisa visited the family of Tapfumaneyi Masaya, a CCC supporter who was recently abducted, tortured, and killed in what is believed to be a politically motivated crime.
The death of Masaya is part of a disturbing trend of violence against CCC members. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed several such incidents, implicating suspected State Security agents and youths linked to the ruling Zanu-PF party. Chamisa highlighted the loss of other CCC members, including Mboneni Ncube, Moreblessing Ali, and Tinashe Chitsunge, under similar circumstances.
Chamisa expressed dismay at the government’s silence and inaction, noting the absence of any official statements of condolence or condemnation of these acts. He criticized the government’s failure to address the pattern of murder and violence, especially in the context of political elections.
Past incidents have been particularly brutal. Mboneni Ncube was reportedly stabbed by youths associated with a former State Security Minister, Moreblessing Ali’s body was dismembered by a Zanu-PF youth, and Tinashe Chitsunge was stoned to death. All these events have occurred in the lead-up to Zimbabwe’s General Elections this year.
As the situation continues to escalate, there has been no comment from President Mnangagwa or the Justice Ministry. The police have indicated that investigations are ongoing, but the lack of a broader governmental response has raised serious concerns about the safety and freedom of opposition supporters in Zimbabwe.