Herbert Paul Mazikani - Mbire Constituency
Herbert Paul Mazikani is the MP for Mbire constituency in Mashonaland Central province. He has been described as the chief perpetrator of political violence by many victims of his terror campaign in that part of Guruve north now Mbire district. He is on record for having invariably vowed to crush all MDC supporters at all the Zanu PF campaign rallies he addressed during the run up to the presidential elections in June 2008. Many MDC supporters from his constituency who were victims of his extensive and brutal trail of assault and torture fear him. His well calculated method of instilling fear in his victims was to have his victims assaulted and tortured at his rallies as a warning to all those who were supporting or dared to support the MDC. Listed below are some of the recorded incidents of political violence where Herbert Mazikani was personally involved.
31 March 2008
A gang using a truck provided by MP Mazikani attacked xxx for supporting the MDC, they warned him that they could kill him if they wanted to. They smashed his car and stole some parts. They forced him to denounce the MDC in front of a crowd at a meeting called for by Mazikani. They viciously assaulted xxx and poured water all over his body.
April 1, 2008
xxx an MDC polling agent in the area was singled out by Mazikani at a rally that everyone had been forced to attend by uniformed soldiers . Mazikani instructed Zanu PF youths to treat xxx so that everyone would get their lesson never to support MDC again. He was then heavily assaulted by a group of the youths. He lost consciousness and they poured cold water on him so to revive him, only to be subjected to another ruthless beating. He was assisted to go home by his relatives but died soon after arrival at home.
April 2, 2008
On 2 April 2008 a team of Zanu PF militia and war veterans riding in a truck displaying Zanu PF campaign posters driven by MP Mazikani, abducted an MDC ward official .
They hit him with a brick on the head, bashed his face with fists that he sustained serious injuries, amongst the people who attacked him were Reuben Mutangea, Josiah Gomba and Wembudzi.
April 5, 2008
A zanu Pf Militia gang some of them dressed in ZNA uniforms driving in MP Mazikani’s truck , invaded xxx homestead, they destroyed the huts and everything inside. They accused him of leading MDC campaigns in the area. They brutally assaulted him and he died during the assault, their job done they left the body sprawled amongst the rubble of what was his home.
April 12, 2008
xxx was humiliated when Zanu supporters assaulted and poured water all over his body in front of a large crowd addressed by MP Mazikani. They forced him to surrender but he refused and was subjected to a terrible assault.