Don’t blame me for rape allegations against Mnangagwa: Chamisa

CCC leader Nelson Chamisa


MASVINGO — Cheered on by thousands of supporters who evaded a police cordon to the opposion Citizens Coalition for Change rally, it’s youthful leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday rubbished claims he was behind Susan Mutami’s rape allegations against the vicious Zimbabwean leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“I wasn’t there watching Mnangagwa allegedly drop his trousers and force himself on her,” he said.
Susan Mutami, a Zimbabwean socialite and businesswoman recently made sensational allegations against Mnangagwa, saying the Zanu PF leader raped her when she was only 15 at the Golden Mile Motel, just outside Kwekwe.
“Mvura ikasanaya ndiChamisa, uya musikana weku Australia (Susan Mutami) hamheno zvaaitaura achiti akabatwa chibharo nanhingi, ndikanzwa zvonzi ndiChamisa. Ini ndodongorera vachiita zvinhu zvavo, ndaivapo ini? Ndingasaita shohwera? (If it doesn’t rain they blame Chamisa; now this woman in Australia says she was raped by Mnangagwa . . . and they blame Chamisa). I wasn’t there,” Chamisa said yesterday.
He also said his party was not violent and would not engage in mayhem to force the release of jailed members.

Thanking thousands of supporters for helping CCC resoundingly beat Zanu PF in recent Masvingo by-elections, he said his party was doing away with the politics of hate and violence, which is synonymous with Zanu PF.
“We are bringing a different type of politics in this country,” he said.
Chamisa has been criticised for not pressing more forcefully for the release of jailed legislators Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole together with 13 other CCC activists.

Sikhala and Sithole were arrested in June for allegedly inciting public violence and have had several bail applications rejected by the Zanu PF-orientated courts. At least 13 other CCC members were arrested at the funeral wake of Moreblessing Ali, who was allegedly abducted, dismembered and dumped in a disused well in Nyatsime by a well-known Zanu PF thug, Pius Jamba. Ali is yet to be buried and her dismembered remains are in a plastic bag in a Chitungwiza hospital mortuary.
The 15 have been repeatedly denied bail by the courts. A firm of international human rights lawyers which offered to represent Sikhala was denied a practising licence by the government.
Chamisa said his party party had engaged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) concerning the abuse of the courts by Zanu PF.
“Right now, Sikhala, Sithole and our other members are in prison because they wanted justice for Moreblessing Ali. They do not deserve to be in prison, they must be released. Bail is a right for everyone,” he said.
“This shows there is a problem in this country. No one must be in prison until proven guilty. We respect our courts, but we expect them to be constitutional, we have told SADC and AU that the law is being used for political persecution.” — NewZimbabwe.

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