Deputy Minister reports assault by CCC poll opponent

Deputy Minister reports assault by CCC poll opponent


Libinance Dokora

The outgoing Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality and newly-elected Chirumhanzu MP,Barbara Rwodzi, has filed an assault report against her Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) poll rival, Patrick Cheza, after both politicians were involved in a clash at a road traffic accident scene last week.


The incident was confirmed by the police, who documented the assault report filed by Rwodzi, seeking law enforcement to handle the case.


This occurred after the outgoing deputy minister’s son was involved in an accident along the Chaka Chirandura dust road.


In a statement, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson, Paul Nyathi, mentioned that the assault complaint by the outgoing tourism deputy minister followed a collision involving vehicles belonging to political rivals. The collision happened as both vehicles approached the Njiva curve in the Gonawapotera area.


“Coincidentally, the vehicles are owned by the Member of Parliament for Chirumhanzu constituency, Honorable Barbara Rwodzi, and the losing Citizens Coalition for Change candidate, Patrick Cheza,” Nyathi said.


Nyathi highlighted that both Rwodzi and Cheza separately arrived at the accident scene after learning about the road accident. Cheza was accompanied by CCC activists.


“A dispute ensued, leading to the activists, led by Cheza, assaulting Rwodzi,” Nyathi said.


“Patrick Cheza later reported the accident to the police, while Honorable Barbara Rwodzi filed an assault report with the police. Patrick Cheza presented himself to the police, accompanied by his lawyer Esau Mandipa, on August 27, 2023,” Nyathi said.


The law enforcement authorities have assured the public that the case will be handled according to the laws of the country.


“We assure the public that both the road traffic accident and the assault case will be addressed in accordance with the laws of the country,”Nyathi said.


The police are often criticized for favoring the ruling party ZANU PF in situations of conflict between opponents.


Rwodzi came under scrutiny recently when she verbally threatened Chester Last Matsa over the phone. This was in response to the police assistant inspector’s arrest of one of the minister’s supporters, who was taking down opposition campaign posters.

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