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MDC activists in Mazowe flee their homes
Movement for Democratic Change
June 01, 2010

Four MDC activists from Nyadzonya ward, Chaona village, Mazowe Central, Mashonaland Central province, have fled their homes after being threatened with death by the Zanu PF militia. The four, Gloria Muza, Spiren and Patrick Mapondera and Prisca Dangiwa have been in hiding since April after they were forced to flee their homes by armed Zanu PF militia.

Muza is in hiding with her four-year old daughter. The four had served Isidore Gwanzura the Zanu PF Chaona district chairperson and a self-styled war veteran with summons for him to appear in court for assaulting them and looting their properties in 2008. After serving him with the summons, Gwanzura armed himself with a gun and grouped Zanu PF youth militia who then visited the MDC activists at their homes and threatened them with death.

The MDC activists made a report at Chaona police base but the police officers they said they could not take up the case as they also feared for their lives. In 2008, 16 MDC activists were brutally slain by State and Zanu PF thugs in the same Chaona area in a callous mass murder. The South African generals deployed by former SADC facilitator Thabo Mbeki, who are yet to make their report public, wept when they visited the scene after the bloody event.

Also in Mashonaland Central province, 10 MDC members appeared at the Bindura magistrate's court for a continuation of their trial. The 10 are facing trumped-up arson charges. The allegations are that they set on fire the house of one Lewis Chikuwa in Mazowe South. The trial was postponed to 17 June. While MDC activists continue to face flimsy charges, there is no action yet on known Zanu PF vigilantes and State security agents who murdered and maimed thousands of our activists in the run-up to the bloody Presidential sham of 27 June 2008.

Meanwhile, the MDC's Midlands South provincial leadership has dismissed media reports that they had defected from the people's party to join the fickle MDC99. Media reports last week falsely claimed that several provincial leaders in Midlands South had defected the MDC in order to join the Zanu PF-sponsored MDC99. However, these reports are malicious and baseless.

The MDC Midlands South provincial treasurer, Lillian Timvos and her husband Michael Costas Timvos who were cited as some of the officials who had defected to MDC99 categorically denied these false allegations. Lillian Timvos said the allegations were attempts by Zanu PF to cause divisions in the province and in the MDC. "There is no way that my husband and I can defect from the MDC. We joined this party at its inception in 1999 and since then our loyalty to the party has been unwavering," she said.

Other senior MDC provincial members including Robson Mugwagwa also dismissed the media allegations as an attempt by sow confusion in the province. "The MDC99 is clearly a Zanu PF project and we can never be associated with such a rogue outfit," Mugwagwa said.


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