By James Gwati- A group of suspected Zanu PF sympathizers has besieged Heal Zimbabwe’s Mount Pleasant offices.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition National Chairman, Rashid Mahiya, is the Heal Zimbabwe executive director.
The group comprising men and women Wednesday afternoon visited the NGO’s offices and threatened Mahiya’s staff saying that their organisation was unpatriotic and antagonizes the government of Zimbabwe.
“The attackers were aggressive and threatened to shut down the Office,” said a Heal Zimbabwe official who witnessed the attack.
“ The attack came after Taurai Kundishaya visited Heal Zimbabwe Offices the previous day (22-03-21), took pictures and urged Zimbabwe Zimbabweans to converge and protests at the organisation’s gates. On his micro-blog Kundishaya alleged that Heal Zimbabwe was a “home of modern-day slavery, sabotage training, anti-govt protests planning centre & other illegal activities,” the official narrated.
In a statement to the media after the unwelcome visit by the suspected Zanu PF thugs, The Mahiya led Heal Zimbabwe said they would continue doing their work.
“We see this as an orchestrated attack meant to frustrate the organization’s peacebuilding and conflict transformation work. Traditionally, attacks on Civil Society Organisations begin with this kind of allegations leading to raids and arbitrary arrests and prosecutions. This desperate attempt to close down the civic space by disrupting the work of goodwill organisations such ours should end,” the organisation said.
Heal Zimbabwe is into peaceful promotion programming and strives to promote a cohesive society that values tolerance and inclusive prosperity