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flares up in Mberengwa
July 28, 2013
of political violence has hit Mberengwa District in the Midlands
Province with the resurfacing of Zanu-PF campaign bases and the
re-emergence of notorious war veterans’ leader Biggie Chitoro.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, eight Zanu-PF campaign
bases have resurfaced at Chomubhobho, Vanguard Mine, Gwamasaka,
Neta, Sarauro, York, Gwengwena and Langeni areas.
the MDC Mberengwa North parliamentary candidate, was attacked by
a group of Zanu-PF youths at Gwengwena Business Centre on Thursday
and had his vehicle stoned.
am speaking to you, we are at Mberengwa Hospital where we are receiving
treatment after an attack by a group of Zanu-PF supporters led by
war veterans leader Geza Zimi,” Zhou said.
is leading another group which is causing terror here and he operates
from a Zanu-PF campaign base at Vanguard Mine,” said Zhou,
who is also the Progressive
Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president.
The attack was
reported at Mberengwa police station under RRB number 1831748.
Zhou, who is
contesting against Zanu-PF’s Tafanana Zhou for the Mberengwa
North seat, said he sustained head injuries after being pelted with
stones by Zimi’s group during the Thursday attack while another
party member Stanford Maturure sustained a deep cut above the right
had its windscreen smashed; they attacked us with stones at Gwengwena
business centre after holding a rally at Langeni business centre.
I think they were angry over the large crowd which we addressed,”
East Constituency on Friday night, the home of MDC ward five organising
secretary Godfrey Dzivakwi was burnt down by an alleged group of
Zanu-PF supporters reportedly led by councillor Bankie.
are on a terror campaign here harassing, intimidating people and
last night we had a kitchen hut belonging to Dzivakwi burnt down.
The matter has been reported at Buchwa Police Station,” Tirivangani-Gadu
Matavire, the MDC Mberengwa East District secretary for elections,
told the Daily News.
Cumming Hove is contesting against Zanu-PF’s Makhosini Hlongwane
for Mberengwa East parliamentary seat.
South on Monday, police at Mataga Growth Point nabbed a Zanu-PF
youth leader Sebastian Shumba for threatening to burn down the homestead
of MDC branch chairperson Blessed Mashango in Mushandu village in
was going around threatening MDC supporters here and, last week
he threatened to burn down my homestead and I immediately reported
to Mataga Police Station. We are happy that police responded quickly
as they picked him up just a day after we reported the matter,”
Rugare Gumbo confirmed the incidents accusing MDC supporters of
provoking Zanu-PF supporters.
I understand is that in some of these incidents MDC supporters are
the ones provoking Zanu-PF supporters and when they retaliate violence
breaks out. And as for the Gwengwena incident what I am told is
that Takavafira Zhou and his group provoked the situation after
they accused our parliamentary candidate Tafanana Zhou who is also
from the Lemba tribe like Takavafira for not being a really Lemba,”said
spokesperson Emmanuel Mahoko said: “I will have to check what’s
happening that side.”
has been a Zanu-PF stronghold since independence and every election,
war veterans and Zanu-PF supporters have been turning it into no
go area for MDC supporters.
During his visit
to the district last week, Tsvangirai, who addressed large crowds
in the district for the first time, called for peaceful campaigns.
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