- Biti yesterday worried that the machete gangs could end up being willing tools when politicians want to unleash a genocide against those they do not like.
ZANU-PF legislator for Gokwe-Nembudziya constituency in the Midlands Province, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, says he agrees with recent utterances by MDC Vice President Tendai Biti that machete-wielding gangs are being supported and sponsored by politicians to wreak havoc across the country.
The thugs, armed to teeth with machetes, knives, knobkerries and even automatic rifles, have terrorised communities in gold-rich parts of the country and even threatened to overrun a police base in Gokwe.
Biti fears there is a political hand behind the Mashurugwi attacks and said over the weekend that Zimbabwe’s police, under normal circumstances, would have thoroughly dealt with the menace.
Wadyajena says he agrees with Biti, but said the politicians who have apparently benefited from the machete-wielding gangs include MDC secretary-general Chalton Hwende.
“For once, I’m in agreement with Hon Biti. Machete gangs have the blessings of politicians. It’s been widely reported that Honourable Hwende is one such politician benefiting from MaShurugwi gang and criminal activities, including gold-smuggling using his Chegutu and Namibia connections,” said Wadyajena.
In the past ten days alone, the different gangs have murdered a police officer on duty, raped and murdered a granny and her granddaughter in Chegutu, robbed and murdered a registered gold dealer in Mvuma, and robbed dozens of people across places from Zhombe to Kwekwe and Insiza.
Biti yesterday worried that the machete gangs could end up being willing tools when politicians want to unleash a genocide against those they do not like.
“The machete gangs’ agenda must also be established because some of us have a feeling that they are being prepared for a massive fresh Gukurahundi.
“This is how genocide was carried out in Rwanda in 1994, starting with the Hutus of the Interahamwe.
“More people have been killed by the gangsters than those killed on August 1, 2018. They are so brazen and one gets a feeling that they must be operating with the backing of a very big political office.
“I mean, who can do what these people are doing, including killing a police officer? That doesn’t happen in Zimbabwe,” Biti argued.
He did not explain against whom the “fresh genocide” would likely be perpetrated, nor when.