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ZANU PF candidate for Harare East constituency, Terrence Mukupe, reportedly left his opponent’s campaign manager for dead soon after a radio debate in Harare last week.

The incident, which happened within ZiFM Stereo complex, has since been reported at Highlands Police Station under case number RRB2430020 although no action has been taken by the ZRP.

Makupe is battling it out with Dale Dore of the little known opposition Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) party in by-elections scheduled for Wednesday.

ZiFM radio station held a debate between the two Harare East candidates last Thursday. At the end the discussion, Mukupe reportedly started speaking in Shona.

A staffer from the radio station told NewZimbabwe.com that after the debate Dore’s campaign manager, David Takaruza, challenged the show host on why he allowed the Zanu PF candidate to speak in the vernacular language.

Takaruza also told the presenter that they should have translated what Mukupe was saying for the benefit of Dore, who is white as well as other Harare East residents, who do not understand the local language.

“When Takaruza was on his way out of the ZiFM reception he was grabbed by Mukupe by the collar and assaulted,” said one staffer.

Transform Zimbabwe communications secretary Sungai Mazando told this publication that the Zanu PF candidate was immature, adding it would be a disaster if a violent person was elected to parliament.

“This is very sad indeed,” said Mazando.

“How can such barbaric behaviour go unpunished when we have reported the case to the police?

“Mukupe and his two other campaign officials should be brought to book as no one is above the law.”

When contacted for comment the person who answered Mukupe’s mobile phone said he was busy addressing supporters at a city hotel.

Several attempts to get comment from police did not yield any positive results.

Mukupe won the ticket to represent Zanu PF in the Harare East constituency which was left vacant following the recall of former finance minister Tendai Biti.

His nomination was also bitterly opposed in Zanu PF in a row which pitted local government minister Ignatius Chombo against Environment counterpart Saviour Kasukuwere.

Source : New Zimbabwe