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MDC condemns increased police brutality
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
The MDC notes
with great concern the marked increase in the acts of brutality
being perpetrated by the police and other state agents on innocent
and defenceless civilians across the country.
hundreds of families were left homeless in Mapinga,Banket in Mashonaland
West after a group of vicious and heavily armed police officers
destroyed and burnt their huts.
What is clear
is that these families who have been at the farm for less than four
months were brought in by Zanu-PF to vote for its candidates in
July elections. Now that the elections are gone these poor families
are being discarded like dirt and have been left to face the vagaries
On Monday, at
the Hwange Colliery mine, the police violently
disrupted a demonstration staged by over 100 defenceless women who
were demanding outstanding salaries and allowances for their spouses
who have not been paid for over five months. These women and some
children were viciously assaulted by the police with baton sticks
and booted feet.
of the demonstration was in clear violation of Section 58 the new
which clearly provides for freedom to demonstrate. This shows that
Zanu-PF, through the police, is bent on subverting the people’s
rights enshrined in the new Constitution.
MDC notes with concern the unconstitutional and unlawful farm invasions
by Zanu-PF officials throughout the country, especially in the Mashonaland
Central province. These disruptions are worrying as they come at
a time when over two million Zimbabweans are facing
The MDC believes
in bringing the land crisis to closure through a democratic and
participatory process that achieves equitable, transparent, just,
lawful and economically efficient distribution and use of land,
both for agricultural and other purposes.
As a Party of
Excellence, the MDC remains steadfast and committed to delivering
real change to the people of Zimbabwe. We remain committed to a
new Zimbabwe with guaranteed security, dignity, democracy and freedoms,
prosperity and hope.
We are convinced
that what is happening now is a clear sign that once again Zimbabwe
is on the brink to returning to lawlessness, brutality and anarchy.
We call upon all Zimbabweans to be united and stop Zanu-PF from
bringing Zimbabwe back to retrogression.
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