Nicholas Tasunungurwa Goche - MP Shamva North Constituency
Nicholas Goche is the member of the house of assembly for Shamva North Constituency. He is currently the minister of Transport and Communication in the inclusive government.
In the run up to the Presidential run off elections Nicholas Goche wreaked havoc with his terror campaign in the whole of Shamva District. Goche’s legend of brutality stretches as far back as the 2000 elections when scores of people where butchered in and around the Shamva Gold mine areas. In what Goche and his band of psychopaths called re-education all night (pungwe) sessions.
Soon after the 2005 general elections Goche was appointed the Minister of State Security thus placing the control of the CIO directly under his administration. It appears his bond with the hated Spy agency has not been severed since.
In 2008 towards the June run off elections Goche as the serving minister of Labour and Social Welfare issued an order barring all humanitarian organizations from distributing food aid in all the country’s districts. Observers noted that his action had been prompted by the fact that the MDC was gaining inroads in the previously Zanu PF dominated areas and he thought that NGOs were taking advantage of food shortages and campaigning for the MDC. This infamous decree resulted in many people starving and there was much confusion in the local and international NGO and civic society circles, any amount of lobbying efforts were in vain. His blood stained campaign trail in the 2008 June elections was marked by terrible reports of the victims experiences at the hands of Goche himself or his militia assisted by his faithful CIO agents. Some of the reported heart rending events are chronicled below.
11 May 2008
In a small village in the resettlement areas of Shamva a gang of youths militia who had been brought into the area by Nicholas Goche descended on xxx homestead. They accused the family of being MDC supporters and they started randomly beating up everyone in sight and destroying what ever they could lay their hands on. xxx was struck on the head with an axe, his wife xxx was butchered in the same manner but fortunately the wife survived, but Elias was not so lucky his head was reported to have split into two and died on the spot. Witnesses noted that the people who murdered xxx were from the local resettlement areas and had been seen in the company of Nicholas Goche during the day drinking beer and singing praises for Mugabe and Goche.
16 May 2008
Goche addressed a campaign meeting at Chidembo School in the morning of May 16, 2008. He instructed all youths in the area to guard their land jealously against what he called the whites re-invasion. They then were supposed to wipe out all MDC supporters . He specifically mentioned xxx as known sell out in the area and consequently xxx was captured by Zanu pf youths and war vets, on May 16 at Chidembo Shopping centre in Shamva. He was heavily assaulted for more than an hour and was badly injured and died shortly after the assault on the same day.
27 May 2008
xxx dragged from his bed during the night of 27 May 2008. Reports note that the same group of Zanu PF youths which was roaming and accompanying Goche in his rounds in the constituency captured and assaulted xxx. xxx died a week later from the injuries he had sustained during the brutal attack . His wife Lucia Mukaru said that the youths barred Kidwell from seeking medical help.
11 May 2008
The Zanu youths from Goche’s campaign team dragged xxx from his hut with a wire tied around his neck like a leash and his face covered with a red cloth which they said represented death, they destroyed his homestead burning all what was inside the huts. His entire family was assaulted including the children and the mother. They left the home and started living in the bush.
14 May 2008
On the night of May 14 2008 a gang of Zanu PF youths accompanied by armed people in civilian clothes abducted xxx from her home and beat up her husband who sustained injuries on hands, eyes and his back.They burnt all the huts, kraals and a car. This incident was reported to the police but Goche ordered the police to arrest xxx and her family instead and they faced political violence charges before the court in Bindura. The charges were subsequently thrown out and the victims discharged.
10 May 2008
On May 10, 2008 xxx was abducted by Moses Tore and other Zanu PF youths who were being driven in a truck belonging to MP Goche . They threw him in a pick up truck and severely beat him before taking him to Shamva Police Station. He was detained at the police station and was interrogated by Goche’s campaign manager whilst in the police station.
14 May 2008
Brian Mupeme, Gorezvarimwa Chiyanike and his crew got xxx arrested, accusing him of burning homes belonging to the Zanu-PF people. He was assaulted by the police who forced him to agree on the charges of the case he was being accused of he was the local chairman of the MDC. About 19 other MDC supporters were arrested and assaulted with baton sticks.
21 June 2008
xxx and other MDC supporters were accused of supporting the MDC they were assaulted by the Goche linked gang of militia they were later hauled to Madziwa Police Station where they lied that the MDC supporters were causing political violence. They were further assaulted by the police and released.
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