The ZANU PF national political commissar, Engelbert Rugeje was allegedly attacked in Zaka East, Masvingo province where he was accused of imposing candidates.


The incident occurred at a consultation meeting at Zibwowa, in Ward 20 where one of the brave party supporters Samere ”Majavha“ Makusha, told Rugeje that his imposed candidate Ringisai Gumbwanda, would not stand a chance in the general elections.

Before Makusha could sit down, five men, who were reported to be Rugeje’s aides, attacked him, slapping him on the face before dragging him to a nearby anthill.

I stood up and told PC Rugeje that Zanu PF risks losing Zaka East because the leadership was imposing a candidate, who is not popular at the grassroots. A candidate, who is popular was disqualified under unclear circumstances, while the other one’s name was omitted on the ballot paper. As I was speaking, I was surrounded by five men, two in front and one of them slapped me twice on the cheek.

Contacted for comment, Rugeje played down the fracas, saying the consultations went on well at all the six places they visited.

”I addressed six meetings, they all went well and I never heard or see anyone being attacked. We told them to support the candidate who won the primary elections,” he said. More supporters, who spoke to this publication, however, accused Rugeje of dictatorial tendencies, saying the national commissar wants to apply force and command on the electorate.

Most of his supporters are not happy with his way of conducting things.