Aquilinah Katsande - Mudzi West Constituency
Aquilalinah Katsande is the Zanu PF MP for Mudzi West constituency, MDC supporters in Mudzi district have terrible stories to tell about her brutality. She orchestrated a reign of terror in the period April to June 2008, she was so thorough in her persecution of known MDC activist that she personally moved around the entire Mudzi district hunting for her quarry and was present when most heart rending punishments were meted out on MDC activists in her constituency. At the height of the Presidential run off campaigns in 2008 , her son George Katsande joined in the fray, he teamed up with the notorious killer Bramwell Katvsairo and took to the perpetration of violence like a duck to water and has never stopped since. On January 1, 2010 George Katsande now a seasoned killer was roaming the area armed with a gun, following in the footsteps of her equally vicious mother Aquilinah, attacked xxx at Rukonde School in Mudzi. This group of assailants was reported to be very ruthless they indiscriminately bashed him. Even his children were not spared, they were beaten up as George Katsande in the true spirit of his mother displayed his wrath of aggression. George was accompanied by Asmore Simoko, Tichafa Kativhu, Josiah Nyamuda, Punzu Charles , Martin Mutaundi, Daniel Chitedega, Misheck Pengapenga, Dinga David, Solomon Chingwete, Tonde Chipwanya and four other unknown men.
The group is now revisiting the victims at night and many MDC activists are sleeping in the bush and going back to their homes in the morning. Aquilinah through her son George is sponsoring this new wave of terror; George has vowed to shoot all MDC supporters in Mudzi West. Many of Aquilinah Katsande’s victims have reported their cases to the police and despite the glaring evidence linking her to the horrible offences she has remained untouchable and continues to seat in the house of assembly. She apparently has manifested a complete disregard of the GPA and will continue to maim and displace people with impunity, whilst the nation solemnly preaches the gospel of national healing reconciliation and integration. Some of the details of reported acts of politically motivated violence directly linked to Aquilinah Katsande are narrated below
April 6, 2008
On 6 April 2008 Aquilinah Katsande and Peter Nyakuba the local Zanu PF councilor called for a rally at Bensen Mine where the MP for Mudzi West Aqualinah Katsande informed Zanu PF supporters that they should assault all MDC supporters who had campaigned for Morgan Tsvangirai in the March 29 elections. She added that,” these beatings were meant to compel them to rejoin Zanu PF, if any of the MDC supporters foolishly resist kill them all, we have been granted authority by the president to kill MDC supporters”. Immediately after this rally Zanu PF youths and war veterans went on the war path, many MDC supporters were brutally assaulted, homes were destroyed and livestock forcibly taken for food, to feed comrades at the torture bases.
June 1, 2008
George Katsande and Tawanda Mazunze leading a gang of Zanu PF militia abducted xxx on June 1, 2008. They took him to Nyahondo torture base using a vehicle provided by Aquilinah Katsande. Xxx was subjected to a terrible bout of torture throughout that night and was released the following morning. The group had worked him over so seriously that he was terribly frail and died a week after his release
June 1, 2008
A well known MDC activist was accused by the local Zanu PF militia of transporting MDC supporters to rallies using his pick up truck. Bramwell Katsvairo in the company of George Katsande and three unknown people looked for xxx and could not get him for several days. They finally caught up with him at Nyamuyaruka Business centre near Kotwa on 1 June 2008. He tried to flee but Bramwell Katsvairo shot him in the leg. He jumped off his truck to hide under some bushes close by as it was getting dark probably hoping that the killers would not find him. George and the band of killers set his truck on fire and the resultant light from the flames betrayed his hiding spot. They dragged him to their vehicle then took him to the Broken bridge in the Nyamanyora Area, where his body was recovered the following morning. Witnesses reported that George Katsande using his mother’s gun , shot xxx at close range killing him instantly. George is reported to have boasted about his shooting skills for quite some time after xxx’s death and Aquilinah Katsande have always used his death as an example at all her meetings in Mudzi, a habit which led to xxx’s mother suffer a stroke in 2009. She however survived the stroke but has reported that she is always reminded of her son’s death each time the Katsandes addresses a rally.
June 28, 2008
An MDC ward official was abducted from his home on 6 June 2008. He was bundled into Aquilinah Katsande’s truck and taken to Nyamanyora base. There he was assaulted by Nyamaromo, Mangwende, George Katsande and other Zanu PF supporters. They kept on assaulting him for several days before releasing him, he never recovered from the injuries inflicted on him and passed away at his home on 28 June 2008.
July 5, 2008
On 5 July 2008 Aquilinah Katsande in the company of Peter Nyakuba caught up with an MDC activist they had tried to capture before the 27th June elections but had failed. Witnesses say xxx had returned from hiding on the assumption that since the elections were now over the coast was clear. But alas Aquilinah and company had other plans for him. They quickly descended on him in full view of all the people who had gathered at Chimukoko Business Centre. Aquilinah Katsande, Peter Nyakuba and assisted by two other unknown men heavily assaulted him with fists and booted feet they bashed him all over the body , he passed out and died on the spot. On realizing that xxx was dead, Aquilinah and gang jumped on to their double cab truck and sped off from the murder scene.
August 8, 2008
On August 8 Tambadzi Gombe who was coming from a meeting that had been organized by Aquilinah Katsande met a lady whose name had been mentioned by Aquilinah Katsande as amongst MDC activists still on the wanted list. Tambadzi accused xxx of being an MDC supporter and started assaulting her with fists and booted feet. The assault was so severe that xxx is reported to have screamed only once, she collapsed and died during the attack. Relatives reported the incident to the police but nothing was done. They did not even bother to take the corpse to the mortuary. Tambadzi Gombe is still a free man in Makaza village. Aquilinah Katsande issued an order forcing the family to bury xxx without delay or they would also meet with the same fate.