The opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) says its leadership is in danger, with the party leader Nelson Chamisa saying several attempts have been made on their lives.
Only this Thursday, unknown assailants attacked CCC senior official Tendai Biti’s house and physically assaulted his mother and security guard, seriously injuring them in the process.
Reasons for the attack were not immediately given, but Chamisa this week said there is a plot to attack the party leadership and warned them to be on high alert. He said:
It’s only that we don’t say much and the people who were doing this are the people who have been making attempts on our lives. They were celebrating that we poisoned him when he was in Botswana, I don’t normally eat but it shows you wicked people who believe in eliminating elements.
We have told all our leaders, all our candidates that please eat with a lot of care, it is good to have appetite but control your appetite. Be careful, not everything is food, we are in a dangerous zone. Be careful about your cars, just last night they sideswiped our car.
Chamisa told The NewsHawks this week that the state killed former Prime Minister, the late Morgan Tsvangirai who succumbed to cancer on 14 February 2018.
There has been a rise in reported cases of intra-party and inter-party political violence across the country since 2020. This is happening as the country is preparing for 26 March 2022 by-elections and 2023 harmonised elections.
Zimbabwe has in the past experienced political violence before, during and after elections, a situation that undermined polls’ credibility.
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