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Mboneni Ncube’s sister threatened by thugs



A SISTER of slain Kwekwe Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) activist Mboneni Ncube, says she has been confined indoors following a kidnaping scare last Thursday.


Judith was allegedly snatched and bundled into an unmarked vehicle, before being taken to an unknown location where the

menacing men ordered her to stop pushing for justice for her brother who was murdered by Zanu PF thugs.

Ncube was stabbed with a spear at a CCC rally at Mbizo shopping centre in Kwekwe during an address by party leader Nelson Chamisa. He died upon admission to Kwekwe Central Hospital.

Police arrested 16 suspects after the gruesome murder, with all of them linked to the ruling Zanu PF.

Eleven of the suspects were released without charge when they appeared before Kwekwe magistrate Florence Nago.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese granted the five remaining suspects Talent Imgayago, Panashe Mukavaza, Percy Mukwaturi, Albert Maketo and Edmore Shoshera ZW$10 000 bail each on Wednesday.

They were ordered to reside at their respective addresses until the matter is finalised.

Judith said she was still traumatised by the incident as well as the threatening phone calls she has been receiving. 

“I am still traumatised by the incident, and I have been forced to stay indoors ever since as I have also been receiving threatening calls from unknown numbers,” Ncube told The NewsHawks in an interview.

I have never felt safe after I heard that some of the accused persons are out on prison.  They are very dangerous people, and everyone knows how they operate. 

“But what they forget is that this battle for justice is not mine alone. My brother will fight his own battles until justice is served.”

Judith was referring to avenging spirits commonly known as Ngozi in Shona culture — one of the most feared and mysterious spiritual manifestations.

Analysts have warned of an increase in political violence as the country marches towards the 2023 elections, citing pockets of violence ahead of the 26 March by-elections.

According to a Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) February report, police and Zanu PF topped the list of human rights violators mainly targeting CCC supporters and ordinary citizens ahead of the polls.

“Zanu PF takes a lead in human rights violations recorded this month at 41%, and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, which is under his (President Emmerson Mnangagwa) command as the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, comes second after contributing to 37% of human rights violations recorded in February 2022,” the report reads in part.

“ZPP recorded a significant increase in the profile and scope of the human rights violations recorded. So, while in January ZPP recorded a total of 55 cases of human rights violations, the majority of them were of discrimination during aid processes and, in February, the organisation recorded a total of 70 cases, with the majority of them being of political violence that left people injured or dead.

“In all of this, the majority of the victims, about 89%, are ordinary Zimbabweans, with nine percent being CCC supporters. Unfortunately, Zimbabwean politics continues to be haunted by cases of violence that can be avoided if Zimbabweans were more tolerant.”

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