Political violence resurfaces

Gift Phiri

POLITICAL violence has resurfaced with greater intensity ahead of the general election scheduled for March next year, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said.



ace=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Tsvangirai in his weekly message said Zanu PF militants had been attacking his party’s leaders and disrupting their rallies. The MDC leader said ruling party supporters in Buhera disrupted his meeting last Wednesday. He said there was an attempt on his life in Mvurwi last month.

Tsvangirai was confronted by a group of war veterans at Marenga Business Centre near Birchneough Bridge last week. He said tension was also high at Domboshava Business Centre in Goromonzi last Saturday. A group of war veterans based at a squatter camp known as Sally Mugabe Heights outside Harare’s Borrowdale suburb tried to disrupt Tsvangirai’s meeting. “They shouted obscenities and threatened those at the meeting with death,” Tsvangirai said.


Meanwhile, a group of about 50 Zanu PF militias abducted Bob Makone, the younger brother of MDC official Ian Makone, and force-marched him to a Zanu PF base after a rally addressed by Education minister Aeneas Chigwedere at Musavadye School in Wedza also last Saturday. Makone was severely assaulted the whole night by the Zanu PF thugs and released on Sunday morning.


The group returned to the Makone homestead in the morning chanting anti-MDC slogans and accused Theresa Makone, the party’s candidate for Wedza constituency in the forthcoming parliamentary election, of being a sellout. They demanded that she be killed for daring to stand on an MDC ticket.


MDC spokesman Paul Themba Nyathi said it was appalling that Chigwedere, who is also the current Wedza MP, should encourage “barbaric and diabolic acts” in a desperate effort to retain power when President Robert Mugabe has been calling for peace.