The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party led by Nelson Chamisa has condemned the “enforced disappearance” of its activist, Moreblessing Ali. She went missing on the 24th of May after she was allegedly assaulted and kidnapped by suspected ZANU PF “thugs.” CCC deputy chairperson, Job Sikhala previously claimed that “the Chisango brothers” know where Ali is adding they “must tell us where this innocent woman is.” This was in an apparent reference to Simba Chisango, who is a ZANU PF leader in the Nyatsime area. In a statement, seen by Pindula News, the party’s spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere said Ali was taken at night. Reads the statement:
WE CONDEMN THE ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE OF MOREBLESSING ALI
Ms Moreblessing Ali (47 years of age) is a strong member of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change who is a community leader in Ward 21, Chitungwiza North. She is the mother of two children and has been involved in various community-building activities.
On the night of the 24th of May 2022, it is reported by an eyewitness who knows Moreblessing Ali well that she was seized and forcibly shoved into a motor vehicle by Pius Jambo who is a member of Zanu PF. It is alleged that he is the half-brother of Simba Chisango, who is a Zanu PF leader in the Nyatsime area. They are both known for using violence and terror in the community. Moreblessing Ali’s family was informed of the enforced disappearance on the 25th of May 2022 whereupon an official police report was made at Makoni Police Station by the CCC. The team that had been deployed to handle the police report and assist with investigations on behalf of the movement was subsequently referred to DisPol Mashonaland East where a further report was made under reference number 5048384.
On Saturday, the 28th of May 2022, a team of hundreds of citizens led by CCC MPs, councillors and community leaders conducted a search party for Moreblessing Ali throughout the Nyatsime area. Regrettably, the search was not successful. Continued contact with the Police has revealed that the chief suspect, Pius Jambo, is also on the run for other criminal offences. According to information in the possession of the CCC investigation team, Jambo is allegedly facing charges of murder and fraud. Today, further investigations have revealed that chief suspect, Jambo, is in hiding in Hurungwe. A team has been dispatched to conduct a further search for him there while the investigation into the whereabouts of Moreblessing Ali continue.
We condemn the continued disregard of the rule of law by Zanu PF, the flagrant use of violence, the abuse of fundamental human rights and the escalation of political violence against our members. Zanu PF has a long record of using enforced disappearances as a tool to spread terror with society. The insecurity and fear generated by these despicable acts is not limited to close relatives but also affects communities beyond that which is directly affected. The examples of Itai Dzamara, Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, to mention a few, prove this beyond any doubt. Enforced disappearances have no place in a constitutional democracy.
We call for the Zimbabwe Republic Police to honour their constitutional mandate set out in section 219 of the Constitution to protect and secure the lives of all Zimbabweans and investigate this matter in a non-partisan manner. We call upon any person who has knowledge about the whereabouts of Moreblessing Ali to get in touch with Hon Godfrey Sithole (CCC) on 0774558997 or any leader of the CCC to ensure that Moreblessing Ali is found and returned safely to her family.
Fadzayi Mahere National Spokesperson