Stupid and Brutal Times Upon Us” TheVoiceBW

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  • The pre-election period in Zimbabwe is terribly predictable.

It is still marred by violence and the main political parties accuse each other of bloodshed. Politicians, on the other hand, are starting to do stupid things to be seen as “humble and normal” people.

The violence seems to have started quite early this time around, given that we are nearly a year away from the general election.

And this time the carnage seems to have reached brutal new levels.

An opposition activist, Moreblessing Ali, disappeared two weeks ago. On Sunday, his mutilated and decomposing body was found just outside Harare, in land belonging to a ZanuPF supporter who is also a suspect in the murder case.

The body was reportedly cut in half at the waist while the intestines were bagged.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday as violence erupted at the slain Ali’s memorial service. The clash took place between supporters of the Citizens for Change Coalition and the ruling Zanu PF.

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Such incidents are quite common in our country, which is sad, also considering that the police only act quickly when it is ZanuPF supporters who have allegedly been harmed.

But when it’s the opposition that receives, they tend to turn a blind eye, as in this case where a suspect is singled out but no arrest is made. Why not ask the owner of the land where the body was found, by the way, this is the same person who was last seen with the deceased.

Instead, it was opposition lawmaker Job Sikhala who was arrested on Tuesday night for reasons still unknown at press time. Sikhala had been appointed as Ali’s family lawyer and the family had made it clear that they would not bury the deceased until the arrests were made.

It reminds me of another story of political violence a few years ago, where the body of an opposition member was kept in a morgue for years as the family of the deceased demanded compensation. The defendant in this case was a senior member of Zanu PF who ultimately paid to appease the spirit of the deceased that tormented him and his family.

In other news, President Emmerson Mnangagwa attended an Apostolic Sect church service on Sunday where he was introduced as a humble man as he sat on the floor without shoes, in line with church tradition.

The apostolic sect in Zimbabwe has a large number of people and we all know that he went there for political reasons. So he had no choice but to sit down to be fully among the people he hopes to vote for him.

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You can bet we’ll see more episodes of this “humility” in the months to come.

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