A member of the dreaded Central Investigative Organization (CIO) who
dared to publicly criticize President Mugabe was found dead in Zimbabwe on Monday.
Innocent Makamure’s corpse was found floating in river in his rural area, in
Manicaland situated in the eastern part of the country.
Makamure went missing two weeks ago after apologizing to fellow villagers for his instrumental role in the torture and killing of innocent Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai party supporters.
Manicaland Police spokesperson inspector Philip Makomeke could not confirm or deny that the dead body found was that of Makamure. “All we have is that Makamure is on our missing persons’ list. I am yet to check whether he is the one who was found dead on Monday,” said Makomeke.
He said there were high chances that out of frustration or mental disturbances, Makamure could have committed suicide. “If someone is highly frustrated or mentally disturbed, there are chances that such a person can commit suicide,” said Makomeke.
However, family members say he was murdered for publicly criticizing Mugabe. During his meetings with villagers, Makamure would say he felt used by Mugabe to torture people.
Family members who pleaded for anonymity, due to fear of further
victimization, said they highly suspected foul play. “It is unfortunate that these people do not reform. They have killed an innocent person because he had chosen to tell the truth. He had repented and he wanted to live a free life but they took him and murdered him,” said a family member.
“We are all shocked because of his death but after missing him for
more than a week, we suspected something terrible had happened. He is
gone and we now pray for our safety,” said the family member.
Meanwhile, the news filtered through when MDC further listed three more Zanu (PF) legislators as suspects behind the violence in which some 253 people were killed and around 200,000 displaced following disputes over the March 29, 2008 presidential vote.
Ministers and MPs from Zanu (PF), security officers as well as police officers have so far been named in the so-called ‘Name and Shame’ campaign initiated by the MDC three weeks ago.
Mudzi West MP Acquiline Katsande, and Guruve South MP Edward Chindori-Chininga and Chivi Central MP Paul Mangwana are the latest Zanu PF legislators to be named.