Fear, jubilation as Zanu PF terror commander released from prison

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By Staff Reporter

Masvingo: A Zanu PF activist has been released from prison after serving a 14 year jail sentence for the murder of an MDC official in Zaka district.

There were wild celebrations by members of his party while welcoming him from prison.

Eddie Munjanja was released from prison last week and the family, with the assistance of Zanu PF structures in Zaka, organised a lavish welcome party for him at Munjanja homestead.

Munjanja was sentenced to prison after being convicted of the cold blooded murder of Atinos Mapingure in 2002 through torture.

His accomplice, identified as Makeme, is still serving his 45 years imprisonment for the murder.

When the murder was committed, Munjanja was a Zanu PF base commander in the area.

MDC Councillor for Ward 19 Peter Imbayarwo, where the welcome party was held, said opposition supporters were now living in fear following Munjanja’s release.

He said holding a party for a convicted political violence perpetrator was disturbing as it showed the ruling party still required the services of people like Munjanja in the area.

Imbayarwo said this evoked sad memories about Zanu PF’s reign of terror in Zaka during the past few years.

The district witnessed some of the worst political violence cases at the turn of the millennium with some opposition supporters now permanently disabled when they were petrol bombed by alleged Zanu PF attackers with others tortured.

However Munjanja’s brother, Philip did not show remorse and was not moved for hosting the party adding that his younger brother was wrongly convicted for the murder.

“We had a big party at the weekend to celebrate the release of my brother Eddie, Zanu PF supported us with various goodies and they even pledged to assist my brother move on with his life.

“The murder was unfortunate, we are neighbours with the deceased’s family but we are not going to pay anything to them. We know that our brother is innocent.

“He was only taken in because he was a leader at the base,” the brother said.