The funeral of slain C.I.O operative who died from the recent bombing in Bulawayo was turned into a political rally as ZANU PF bigwigs took turns to encourage mourners their party in the forthcoming harmonised election.
Career spy, Nelson Dube was buried at his farm in Featherstone yesterday after the terrorist blast at White City stadium in Bulawayo.
Mashonaland East Minister of State David Musabayana told mourners that the best way to mourn Dube is to vote for ZANU PF in the forthcoming July 30 election.
“We have bombs and grenades, we have the capacity to retaliate violently but that does not build our country. President Mnangagwa is constantly asking to maintain peace so let’s vote ZANU PF to ensure that the party of peace continues with its work to build our nation,” Musabayana said.
Addressing hundreds of mourners who travelled to bid Dube farewell, C.I.O boss Ambassador Isaac Moyo spoke in a partisan tone saying the blast was politically motivated.
“Since President Mnangagwa came into power have you heard of anyone being stopped from hosting a political gathering? He afforded everyone freedom to associate with a party of their choice. Some are even going around the country making outlandish promises to their supporters. We allow them to campaign, not that we do not have the means to stop them from doing so. So why are people trying to bring dirty tactics into politics.
On 30 July vote for a party of peace, avenge Cde Dube’s death in the ballot box. Vote for the party that has been preaching peace not those who throw grenades at crowded places,” Moyo said.
Controversial Chief Musarurwa urged political parties to dialogue to avoid such incidents in future.
“Our politicians should sit down and talk, if there are differences they are ironed out amicably. Bombs have no place in independent Zimbabwe, stop killing our children,” he said.
Dube who died at 57, was former President Robert Mugabe’s close security aide from 2002 until Operation Restore Legacy.
He was then reassigned to Vice President Kembo Mohadi’s office amid fears that his loyalty may still be with Mugabe.
In 2008, he unleashed terror in Kuwadzana where he was resident during the controversial 28 June election runoff targeting non-ZANU PF supporters.