A senior member of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) claims that 46-year-old Moreblessing Ali’s body, which was recovered from a well in Beatrice on Saturday following her ‘abduction’ by suspected Zanu PF activists, was cut into two and her bowels stuffed in a plastic bag.
In a tweet, CCC lawmaker Job Sikhala said, “We are now leaving Chitungwiza Central Hospital mortuary where Moreblessing Ali’s tattered body has been left by the police … The body is into two parts. The bottom from the waist on its own and the top the same. Intestines packed in a plastic.”
In a statement, police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Nyathi, could neither confirm nor deny Sikhala’s claims that the body was cut into two. Nyathi did not respond to calls on his mobile phone.
In the statement, Nyathi said, “The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the discovery of a mutilated body at plot number 321 Denota Farm, Beatrice, in a well on 11th June, 2022.
“The body was observed by Linnah Mukandi (57), who is the mother to the suspect Pius Jamba. The police has been in contact with Moreblessing Ali’s family and has stepped up the identification process through forensic science analysts. The results will be made public as soon as they are out.”
In an indirect reference to Sikhala’s remarks, Nyathi said police are disturbed by “politicians , including lawyers, who are issuing threats to government officials and the police in connection with this sad case. Some are openly inciting violence. The public is urged to be patient and allow the current criminal investigations to proceed smoothly.
“The police reiterates that this is a callous and heinous crime of which all efforts will be made to ensure that suspects are brought to book without fail. However, any form of intimidation or threats under the guise of politics or social media antics are being monitored by the police.”
Nyathi further said politicians should not interfere with criminal investigations and allow the due processes of the law to be followed. “The police will leave no stone unturned in order to locate the suspect, Pius Jamba and any other suspects linked to this case.”
Ali disappeared on May 24 amid allegations that she was abducted by suspected Zanu PF activists.