The four children of a fruit-seller gunned down by soldiers in Zimbabwe post-election violence buried their father on Saturday in the village of Chinamhora around 50 km northeast of Harare. The ceremony was followed by 200 mourners.
Ishmael Kumire, 41, was one of the six victims of Wednesday’s bloody chaos, sparked when troops fired on opposition activists protesting alleged electoral fraud.
According to his brother Steven Matope, the fruit-seller was not among the opposition protesters angrily claiming that the ruling ZANU-PF had stolen the election.
Instead, he was caught up in the violence because he had stayed at the scene of the protest to protect the goods in the shop.
“Ishmael was a vendor, he wasn’t a political activist,” Matope said.
“He supported the ruling party — but then, it’s the same ruling party that has killed him.”
His funeral came a day after ZANU-PF’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner of Zimbabwe’s historic elections, the first since autocrat Robert Mugabe was ousted by the military last year.
“If the ruling party is killing the people it is supposed to govern, I don’t know who it is going to rule. That’s very painful,” Matope added.
“He was just selling his tomatoes,” he said of his brother.