ZANU PF terror activist Biggie Chitoro declared ‘hero’

via ZANU PF terror activist Biggie Chitoro declared ‘hero’ | SW Radio Africa by Nomalanga Moyo on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Senior ZANU PF official and Mberengwa warlord Wilson Biggie Chitoro has died. The war vet died last week after an undisclosed illness.

His party declared Chitoro a liberation war hero, qualifying him for a State-assisted burial at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre in Gweru on Tuesday.

ZANU PF Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Jason Machaya told the NewsDay newspaper that Chitoro had been automatically declared a liberation war hero since he was a former freedom fighter.

Outside ZANU PF circles news of Chitoro’s death is set to be a cause for joy as many people will remember his heinous crimes against MDC supporters.

In 2000, Chitoro and a group of war vets mounted a reign of terror, notably invading and occupying Texas Ranch Farm where they set up their torture base.

Among Chitoro’s many victims was MDC activist Fainos Kufazvinei who was abducted and fatally tortured just before the June 2000 elections. Also abducted were Fainos’s brother James Zhou and another MDC supporter.

Although James survived the torture at the time, he was in and out of hospital as a result of the injuries suffered during the attack. He died in 2005.

Also in 2000, Chitoro and his gang assaulted Brighton Chinyoka with iron bars while another MDC supporter Simangaliso Sibanda was beaten up with a sjambok and iron bars.

In another case, MDC-T chairman for Mberengwa North Robson Gambiza was abducted by Chitoro and another war vet known locally as Chiwhereva, and taken to Texas Ranch where he was assaulted with logs before being shot at with catapults. He was then dumped at his house and left for dead.

Mberengwa South businessman Daniel Chinyerere was another victim after he was kidnapped from his home, taken to Mataga Growth Point where Chitoro’s gang assaulted him, broke his left arm, and forced him to eat faeces.

He would also set up roadblocks and harass motorists and passengers. In one incident, he ordered bus passengers who had of copies of the privately-owned Daily News newspaper to eat them.

Trynos Shava, another victim who was hit on the head with an axe by Chitoro and his group in 2000, expressed disgust that ZANU PF had bestowed hero status on the “murderer and rapist”.

“I would have thought heroic acts involve fighting for the freedom of people and defending them from unjustifiable attacks and shielding them from brutality.

“Chitoro used to rape, mutilate, and kill innocent people and honouring him like this confirms that ZANU PF is a very bad party,” said Shava.

He said people were celebrating and viewing Chitoro’s death as divine intervention, adding that they hope that with the ringleader dead, future elections will be less violent.

Shava said it was clear that Chitoro was carrying out his atrocities with the blessings of senior ZANU PF officials who shielded him from being jailed.

SW Radio Africa’s correspondent, Lionel Saungweme, said it was known that the Gumbo brothers Joram and Rugare (both ZANU PF) who have been the main beneficiaries of Chitoro’s terror campaign, shielded him.

“The act of declaring Chitoro a hero is in fact a celebration of violence by the ruling party whose leader has boasted of having degrees in violence.

“It’s also disregard for the sanctity of life and another slap in the face for his many victims both alive and dead. But Zimbabweans are now accustomed to such actions by ZANU PF as Mugabe has in like manner pardoned and promoted members of his party who committed the Gukurahundi massacres,” Saungweme said.

Chitoro was an officer in Mugabe’s 5th Brigade which carried out the massacres in the Midlands and Matebeleland regions in the 1980s. At least 20,000 people including women and children were killed.

Saungweme said many people had suffered but remained resolute in their support for the MDC. He said it was unfortunate that while some people had been killed during the fight for democracy, senior MDC officials continue to bicker and to split the party.



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    John Thomas 9 years ago

    Heroes acre is absolutely the right place for this man. It is full of people of exactly the same calibre.

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    Mandy 9 years ago

    Straight to hell for him, for he shall never see the face of God.

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    True to that Thomas. Heroes acre is for such heroes. As long as what you do keeps ZANU PF in power you are a hero. There is no better place for this comrade than to lie next to fellow murderers, rapists and mercenaries. Hero my foot!!!

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    Spend a fortune burying this scum and deny the children of the country an education. 34 years of theft, corruption and murder by Mugabe and Zanu PF, they still spit upon the people of Zimbabwe.

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      Petal 9 years ago

      Jrr56 and also DENY those that need proper HEALTH CARE-
      Does not come as a surprise from the Thieving Scrounging Scum Bags

      Bob flies over the world just to have EYE TREATMENT IN SINGAPORE (who know where singapore is -not even on the African Continent) while Air Zimbabwe cannot pay its staff and landing fees abroad.- but they find the money to pay LANDING FEES for BoBs JET(??)
      and what next do they do when they have STOLEN FROM THE COFFERS,GO ROUND THE WORLD BEGGING , and finally DO NOT PAY THE MONEY BACK

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    mark longhurst 9 years ago

    Mugabe and Zanu, clearly and proudly announcing they celebrate murderers ,rapists, criminals… surprises there, does the worlds foreign press get this info?

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    Even though we are used to Zanu PF depravity, the declaration of Chitoro as a hero is sickening beyond belief. Shame on you Zanu PF.

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    JOHNSON 9 years ago

    Death knows no boundaries. God knows no Great men. May His judgment be as true as He always is.

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    tophaevy 9 years ago

    The way they went about,I thought they never died. The Almighty is for all, for sure.

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    Cde Chooks 9 years ago

    The souls of his victims will devour him for eternity.

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    Jono Austin 9 years ago

    I delight when I hear that they are ‘heroes’ because then they are corralled in their own cemeteries rather than defile and contaminate the public cemeteries. They lie together with their fellow ‘heroes’-aka murderers, thugs, rapists, thieves. It is good they are isolated in their contaminated patches of ground.

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    Biggie! What a misnoma. A small man with no heart. Another product of Zanu greed, heartlessness and hatred. He has now found out that it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. I mourn for those who suffered so terribly under his evil hand. But justice will come. Its wheels tuen slowly but inexorably. God will see to it.

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    gonzo 9 years ago


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    Johno 9 years ago

    Now Biggie Chitoro is facing his maker. Up there there is no ZANU PF or ZRP to protect him.

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    Senzachena 9 years ago

    Please tell his family that he is burning in hell with all the rest of the Zanu trash. His spirit will never find peace. Hopefully he will meet Bob in the not too distant future.

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    Petal 9 years ago

    One night they will all wake up from their graves, and say we have another that has joined us- welcome- wonder who is coming next!!

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    adam jones 9 years ago

    Headed straight to hell. No rigging this time.