Twenty women, who were kidnapped on Monday at the funeral wake of slain Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist, Moreblessing Ali, were allegedly brutalized by suspected Zanu PF supporters before they were dumped at a farm in Nyatsime, Beatrice.
According to the CCC, the injured women were kidnapped while they were doing some domestic chores at Ali’s homestead in preparation for her burial, which has been postponed until further notice.
Job Sikhala, an attorney of the Ali family, said the women were kidnapped when suspected Zanu PF activists went wild and attacked opposition CCC members at the late woman’s funeral wake, accusing them of “politicizing” her death.
Sikhala said Ali’s burial will be held when the suspected assailants are arrested.
“I have been instructed by the family of Moreblessing Ali standing on this picture to announce to the public that there will be no burial of Mobby until her murderers are apprehended. Tomorrow's Memorial Prayer Service will be the major event until further notice. Let’s come in our thousands tomorrow to mourn our murdered colleague.”
Ali’s mutilated remains are at Chitungwiza General Hospital.
Zanu PF has distanced itself from the killing of Ali and another CCC activist, Langelihle Dube, who was butchered by people at his house in Bulawayo.
There is political tension in Zimbabwe ahead of the 2023 general elections.