Information Secretary, Nick Mangwana has said Moreblessing Ali, a Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist, did not deserve to lose her life.
Ali was allegedly kidnapped on the 24th of May by her alleged former boyfriend, Pius Jamba, and her body was found dumped in a well in Beatrice.
Witnesses told The Herald, a state-run publication, that Ali’s disappearance was triggered by a beerhall brawl between the deceased and her estranged boyfriend and had no political hand involved.
In an interview at the funeral wake, Ali’s workmate and neighbour, Ms Kirina Mayironi said they left their residence for Chibhanguza Night Club, a joint about a kilometre away, for a beer drink. Said Ms Mayironi:
We left with Moreblessing around 7 pm together with her dog, soon after we had returned from work to have some drinks at Chibhanguza. We drank until around 9 pm when we decided to return home. Moreblessing was the first to go outside as I briefly remained behind talking to another neighbour of mine.
When I came out I saw her involved in a brawl with a man and by that time, she was being dragged. When the man saw me holding a beer bottle, he probably thought I wanted to attack him, and he then pulled out a catapault and fired at me, hitting my chin and I ran back into the bar.
She said they came out together with other patrons “but none managed to help because the man began to throw a lot of missiles so much that all patrons ran back into the bar.”
Commenting on the article, Mangwana said:
Moreblessing did not deserve to lose her life. Her body did not deserve to be so savagely violated. She deserves Justice. She will get Justice. She doesn’t deserve her memory further violated by some washed-out politician trying to make political capital.
CCC supporters had accused one Simbarashe Chisango, who is a ZANU PF district chairperson in the area and a half-brother to the suspect, Jamba.