The Herald (Harare)

25 February 2013

Zimbabwe: MP Bashed By Youths At Meeting

HURUNGWE East Member of the House of Assembly Cde Sarah Mahoka has been admitted at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital after being attacked by youths while trying to address a meeting at Zimonja business centre in Zvipani. The business centre is in Hurungwe West constituency. According to sources, the 13 youths attacked Cde Mahoka and deflated three tyres on her vehicle. They allegedly abducted Cde Mahoka's driver before dumping him eight kilometres away from the scene.

Cde Mahoka sustained injuries all over the body. Police reportedly impounded a vehicle that was used by the youths. Police provincial spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara said police were investigating the matter. "We are still in the process of getting details of what happened. Its information that we got but the details are still sketchy," he said.

Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson said the party leadership will meet today to discuss the attack. "We are still receiving information pertaining to the matter but yes as a party we can confirm that there were skirmishes in Hurungwe," he said.

The youths reportedly arrived in a vehicle pretending to be Zanu-PF supporters waiting to be addressed by the legislator. They allegedly questioned Cde Mahoka on why she was addressing a meeting outside her constituency. The youths also accused the legislator of holding a meeting without consulting the area's elders.

Cde Mahoka's phone was unreachable yesterday.

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