A Plumtree-based MDC Alliance supporter reportedly died last Sunday after he was fatally assaulted by members of the local policing neighborhood watch committee for challenging the partisan distribution of food aid in the area.
The members have since been arrested and have appeared in court facing murder charges.
According to sources, Joseph Ndlovu last week Thursday questioned why he was being denied food aid and why the distribution was along political lines at Gwambe Village.
This did not go down well with members of the neighborhood watch committee members present who are believed to be Zanu PF sympathisers and were in charge of the registration process who went on to take turns to assault him.
Ndlovu is reported to have died from injuries sustained during the assault three days later.
The MDC Alliance Matabeleland South provincial chairperson Solani Moyo confirmed the incident.
"It pains us as a party that Ndlovu has died for daring to fight for his right to food aid. He has died for expressing his grievances over the unfair food distribution. He has died for raising his voice against the politicisation of food aid," said Moyo in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.
Reports show Ndlovu was first admitted at the Plumtree district hospital before he was transferred to the United Bulawayo Hospital where he succumbed to the assault injuries.
Contacted for comment Matabeleland South police spokesperson Philisani Ndebele refused to comment saying the matter was now before the courts.