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MDC real change heroes remembered
Movement for Democratic Change
April 06, 2011
MDC supporters today gathered in Harare for the memorial service
and unveiling of the tombstones of slain MDC activists, Tonderai
Ndira, Godfrey Kauzani, Cain Nyevhe, Better Chokururama and Abigail
The memorial service came at a time when most victims of political
violence had neither received a proper memorial service nor recognition
due to the political tensions in the country.
Speaking at the memorial service held at the Dutch Reformed Church
in central Harare, President Tsvangirai said the gallant sons and
daughters of Zimbabwe died for a new, free and democratic Zimbabwe
where all people live in peace.
"We call for a peaceful election in which the people's
rights for freedom of expression, movement, speech and assembly
are respected. We call for a roadmap to a violence-free election
that guarantees that everyone is free to choose leaders and live
"That is the Zimbabwe which the gallant sons and daughters
of this country died for. And that is the Zimbabwe for which Tonderai
Ndira, Cain Nyevhe, Godfrey Kauzani, Better Chokururama, Abigail
Chiroto and many others across the country paid the ultimate prize
for," he said.
President Tsvangirai said the MDC and its supporters were at the
mercy of brutality and called for the police to exercise their constitutional
role without favour and partiality. He said a lot of perpetrators
of violence are walking scot free, while the innocent citizens of
Zimbabwe carry the scars of abuse.
"We are angry because our parents, our brothers, our husbands
and our wives were killed in State-sponsored violence, which is
a cruel irony because it is the duty of the State to protect the
citizens and not harm them. We are angry because the Commissioner-General,
Augustine Chihuri has chosen to engage in selective application
of the law and to personalise what should otherwise be a State-institution".
"We urge Commissioner Chihuri to arrest all perpetrators of
violence without fear or favour and without the needless selective
application of the law. In the absence of arrests and prosecution,
history will record that the police force in this country folded
its arms and closed its eyes while the merchants of violence killed
and brutalised innocent civilians," he said.
Giving solidarity messages, civic society organisations called for
true, proper national healing for the country to heal. The churches
further castigated the violence taking place and said the merchants
of violence do not have any peaceful situation.
Bishop Ancelimo Magaya said one can never separate politics from
the word of God.
"The reason why some politicians alienate themselves from
the church is because they want to commit sinful acts. We are reduced
and confined to preaching in churches and at funerals, but we need
to know how the people are dying and who is killing them,"
Bishop Magaya said.
President Tsvangirai went on to unveil the tombstones of the slain
MDC activist at the Warren Hills cemeteries in Harare.
Present at service were Vice President, Hon. Thokozani Khupe, MDC
Secretary General Hon. Tendai Biti, the Women's Assembly chairperson
Hon. Theresa Makone, Youth Assembly chairperson Hon. Thamsanqa Mahlangu,
and several MDC leaders and government ministers.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF thugs attempted to disrupt unveiling of tombstones
at Warren Hills Cemetery. Their efforts were thwarted by vigilant
MDC youths and they were forced to flee the scene in the hired kombis.
Riot police arrived later at the cemetery shortly after President
Tsvangirai and senior leaders had left the venue and threw teargas
to disperse the crowd that had gathered for the memorial service.
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