HARARE – A Zanu PF thug accused of knowing about the disappearance of Citizens Coalition for Change activist Moreblessing Ali allegedly told police: “If you haven’t found her, come back to me. say.
Simba Chisango, believed to be the local Zanu PF leader in the Nyatsime area of Chitungwiza, was questioned by police over the 46-year-old’s abduction and disappearance last week.
Chisango’s half-brother identified as Piyas Jambo was also implicated. The two brothers are said to lead the local militia and were heard boasting that the police were afraid of them.
Police said Monday they were investigating Ali’s disappearance. On Saturday, local Chitungwiza North MP Godfrey Sithole met with investigators to follow up on the progress of the investigation.
Zanu PF supporters participated in a police search of a wooded area in Nyatsime over the weekend, Ali’s relatives told ZimLive.
Chisango, who was reportedly hostile to investigators, reportedly told police they would have to approach him if they did not move forward.
Ali was last seen around 9 p.m. on May 24 outside the Chibhanguza nightclub. Witnesses said a Zanu PF mob attacked opposition supporters at the mall and Ali feared he had been seriously injured.
It is claimed that she was last seen being thrown into a speeding vehicle.
Ali was at the Chibanguza mall with his friend and neighbor Mairo Kiriyani, who fled after allegedly being attacked with a catapult.
Kiriyani and Ali’s two children, Silence and Nyasha, were too terrified to speak to a ZimLive reporter.
At Chisango, in the neighborhood, our correspondent observed him sitting on a pile of logs surrounded by a dozen men, considered his henchmen behind the terrorist attacks against supporters of opposition parties.
“He is untouchable,” said a neighbor. “Officers at the small local police base are used to his threats and he has been known to demand the release of his henchmen when arrested.”
Job Sikhala, the MP for neighboring Zengeza West constituency, said they had been informed that Nyatsime was under Beatrice police whose command is in Chivhu. Beatrice’s police would investigate.
Inspector Julius Chakanza, spokesman for the Harare Provincial Police, confirmed that an investigation was underway.
“Check with police headquarters about your issue, we have sent them details,” Chakanza said.
National police spokesman Deputy Commissioner Paul Nyathi said he was in a meeting.