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on the attempted assassination of NCA National Chairperson, Dr Lovemore
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Constitutional Assembly is deeply disturbed and strongly condemns
the attempted assassination of its National Chairperson, Dr Lovemore
Madhuku on the morning of December 31st, 2006 by what
NCA suspect to be members of Zimbabwe’s intelligence.
The attack happened
at about 0030hrs whilst Dr Madhuku, his family and visiting relatives
were sleeping. The assailants laced Dr Madhuku’s house and his car
which was parked in a garage attached to the house with gasoline.
A thread dipped in gasoline was then drawn from the house to the
gate and used to light the house without causing injury to the assailants.
The remains of the petrol used was left and shown to police after
a police report was made.As NCA we condemn the reluctant nature
and arrogant behaviour by police at Waterfalls police station who
had no keen interest in coming to the scene of incident. The professionalism
with which the act was organized and executed suggests the work
of trained military people. Indications show that the intention
was to get the car to explode during the burn and if succeeded the
plan could easily have passed for an electric fault.
The family was
woken up by the rattling of cracking glass and the smoke, only managing
to escape ten minutes later with minimal casualty.Dr Madhuku’s children
are receiving treatment for chemical pneumonitis post smoke inhalation.
This is the
third time the NCA Chairperson has managed to escape suspected state
sponsored murders. In 2002, he survived an induced accident after
his vehicle’s brakes had been tampered with. Again in 2004, he was
abducted, tortured and left for dead near the National Sports Stadium
in Harare by members of the police force. In 2003 during one of
his several arrests he was warned by one of his jailers that he
‘would die the same way as the late Hebert Chitepo.
The attack comes
at a time when the National Constitutional Assembly is mobilizing
its supporters and compatriots to defend the future of our country
from the effects of the Zanu PF regime’s treasonous machinations
of extending President Robert Mugabe’s term of office by a further
two years. This affront to the dignity of our nationhood and people
will be resisted.
The attack on
Dr Madhuku should be seen as an attempt to break the resilience
of Zimbabweans in their struggle to build a democratic, free and
just society based on a people driven democratic constitution. Brutal
campaigns against leaders of our democracy movements are meant to
intimidate and cow the multitudes of Zimbabweans forcing them into
passive supporters of the government’s repression.
The NCA warns
those who are being used to commit these and other attacks on peace
loving citizens that history will not forget or forgive them for
being used to take away innocent people’s lives. Life is God given
and no-one reserves a right to take other people’s lives except
for God, the creator. A new people driven constitution is inevitable
and it’s the only solution to the ever deepening crisis in the country.As
NCA our leadership will not be intimidated by death threats and
the attempt on our chairperson’s life will not stop our campaign
for new set of laws that will guarantee a democratic Zimbabwe found
on respect for human life and dignity amongst other things.
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