Luke Mushore: Muzarabani North Constituency
Who are the men and women who have been elected to run the affairs of your country? What is their background? What do they stand for? This is part of a series that takes a closer look at those in power in Zimbabwe today. (Pictured left: Luke Mushore has openly declared his intentions to eliminate MDC
Luke Mushore is the Zanu (PF) Member of Parliament for Muzarabani North Constituency. He is the only senior politician who has never cared to conceal his involvement in political violence. Mushore has, since the formation of the MDC, openly declared his intention to exterminate MDC supporters in Muzarabani. Living up to his word on 3 May 2008, Luke Mushore, assisted by Chief Kasekete, addressed a rally at Hoya Primary School where hordes of people had been forced to gather by the Zanu (PF) militia.
At this rally, MP Mushore was not economical with the truth, he warned MDC supporters in Muzarabani that they all faced death, and indeed nine members of the then opposition MDC were brutally murdered in the run up to the June 27 elections.
Reports from communities note that these people were callously butchered in cold blood, Luke Mushore and Edward Raradza presided over the killings. Not to be out done at the Hoya rally was Chief Kasekete, who told the Zanu (PF) militia and military personnel present at the gathering that he wanted to see the skies above Muzarabani glow with light radiating from fires burning the homes of MDC supporters that Saturday night. In order to demonstrate that Zanu (PF) meant business, Derick Musona, Israel Kuimba and Kudakwashe Charonda were ruthlessly lashed and punched with the crowd watching the punishment, probably well calculated to instil fear into the people. Witnesses reported that these three MDC ward officials sustained serious injuries and were instructed never to seek any medical help.
Violence, a way of life
It appears violence is Luke Mushores way of life, on 23 March 2010 Luke Mushore ordered villagers to attend another meeting at Hoya Primary School. He told the people that he did not recognize Morgan Tsvangirai as an authority in government.
He likened him to a fly sitting on the steering wheel of a car being driven by Zanu (PF). He added that in Muzarabani, Zanu (PF) did not know what the GNU was and did not even want to know. Also officiating at this meeting were Yahwe (CIO), Kamusengezi (ZNA), Chief Kasekete, Godfrey Katsiru ( Zanu (PF) youths), Proud Photso ( ZRP) and Avozhi Chibedebede (war vet).
MDC supporters in Muzarabani North are now living in fear for they know that Luke Mushore is a dedicated Zanu (PF) militant who carries out his threats without failure. Reports have been recently made to the police, and some victims have even camped outside the police station, but nothing has been done to reign in the vicious MP.
In 2008 Luke Mushore, on a mission to eliminate MDC supporters from Muzarabani, moved around the district in charge of large groups of Zanu (PF) youths. He was assisted by middle level commanders who included Godfrey Katsiru, Avozhi Chibedebede, Clever Goromondo, Mugariri, Washington Mbizvo, N Muvhiyiwa, James Kangara, M Maguta, O karuru, Gagiya, Clemence Mukumondera, Worse Chihowa, Enock Chipendo and Nyanyiwa Mbofana. This group created havoc for MDC supporters in Muzarabani and some of the people who fell victim to Luke Mushores gang gave accounts of their experiences below:
May 1, 2008
On 1 May 2008, after the MP Luke Mushore and Jenia Manyeruke (Senator) had addressed a rally at Machaya School, Alexander Mazarire was attacked by Zanu (PF) youths. He was lucky to have managed to escape, but the angry mob destroyed his property and set his home on fire. Alexander now wallows in poverty as he lost everything in the attack.
April 28, 2008
Luke Mushore, in the company of Jenia Manyeruke, Goromondo, Mugariri, Washington Mbizvo, W Muvhiyiwa, James Kangara, M Maguta, O karuru and Gagiya, mobbed Farirai Hwata at Gumbochuma Primary School on 28 April 2008.
The CIO, war vets and the youths dragged Farirai from his house to a bush nearby where they assaulted him and threatened him with death if he continued to support MDC.
May 10, 2008
A group of Zanu (PF) militia searching for Andy Samvuu caught up with him at his home. They accused him of supporting Morgan Tsvangirai and said that he wanted to sell the land to the whites. They heavily assaulted him, looted his property, destroyed his entire homestead and set everything on fire. He identified amongst the group: Luke Mushore, Chamunorwa Chizengeya and Chimusingo.
May 5, 2008
Klefas Hokonya sustained serious injuries after he was abducted by Luke Mushores gang of militia. They beat him up using an assortment of weapons at Machaya School. After Klefas had lost consciousness, the Zanu (PF) thugs destroyed his home. He reported that the people who attacked him were, Worse Chihowa, Enock Chipendo, Nyanyiwa Mbofana, Luke Mushore and others.
May 6, 2008
Godfrey Sosa, Gift Mushore, Evans Mahachi, Sunwick Bananga, Skipper Chitengu, Monde Phiri and Tasiwa Gatsi were among the group of militia that tortured Tafadzwa Mudyirapo at Machaya School. They indecently assaulted Tafadzwa, attempting to rape her but she bravely resisted. They struck her all over the body; the gang destroyed her homestead leaving her homeless in the process.
May 6, 2008
Noria Gatsis home near Machaya School was demolished by members from Mushores gang of Zanu (PF) militia. They set what ever was there on fire, they attacked her with various weapons and left her bleeding profusely in the wake of their destruction. Noria noticed Zanu (PF) supporters who had accused her earlier on of voting for the MDC, Alphonce Torevasei, Columbus Zisengwe, Handsome Chigwende, Clemence Mukomondera and Gift Mushore.
May 6, 2008
Loraine Kanhukamwe, another victim of Luke Mushores machinery of political violence in Muzarabani, gave a heart rending narration of her torrid time at the hands of the terror gang. The Zanu (PF) youth assaulted her then destroyed her home, burning everything else to ashes. Among the multitude of perpetrators was Gift Mushore, Chamunorwa Chizengeya and Chimusingo. Loraine now leads a paupers life and no one is willing to help her. Relatives have been advised by Zanu (PF) youths to desist from rendering her any form of assistance because she is an MDC supporter.