THE MDC has accused Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi of using the public media to peddle lies that the opposition has not submitted evidence to substant
iate claims of political violence against its members and civic groups.
Luke Tamborinyoka, director of information and publicity in the Morgan Tsvangirai faction, said the MDC submitted two dossiers to Mohadi chronicling political violence.
“The party presented two dossiers to Mohadi — one compiled by us and the other by the Human Rights NGO Forum — with incidents and cases of political violence yet he continues to say that we have not presented the required evidence. We don’t know what else he wants,” Tamborenyoka said.
Tamborinyoka added that some of the cases were in the public domain like the shooting to death of Gift Tandare and the assault on Kuwadzana legislator Nelson Chamisa.
“The shooting of Gift Tandare and the assault on Chamisa are classic examples of political violence which were presented to Mohadi and up to now nothing has been done,” Tamborinyoka said.
According to information to hand, the party’s Secretary for Home Affairs, Sipepa Nkomo, has since last year been writing to Mohadi complaining about his continued pretence that the opposition was yet to substantiate its claims of political violence.
In a letter dated December 20, Nkomo wrote to Mohadi querying why he continued to say the MDC was yet to provide evidence.
“When we met you and your officers we presented to you several documents with specific cases, names, and incidents of violence,” wrote Nkomo. “We further furnished your office with documents and statistics on violence compiled by other independent human rights organisations.”
Nkomo accused Mohadi’s office of grandstanding in the state media.
“We are disappointed that there is a lot of grandstanding by your office in the state media when you are aware that we narrated and presented a report with relevant and specific facts on the matter,” Nkomo’s letter read.
In another letter sent to Mohadi on November 2, the opposition party raised concern over remarks made by President Robert Mugabe soon after the MDC met Mohadi over alleged political violence.
“We also note that new cases continue to take place, even though the statements made by President Robert Mugabe after our meeting seem to show that Zanu PF is in a state of denial regarding the escalating violence,” the letter said.
In a copy of the dossier which was presented to Mohadi’s office the MDC said since its inception in September 1999 it has recorded 113 politically motivated murders.
“Since the MDC became a legitimate political opposition party it has on record 113 members brutually tortured and murdered. These are the known cases. Many cases of murder, or death resulting from torture, and assaults go unreported for fear of reprisals,” reads the dossier.
The opposition in the same dossier told Mohadi that the perpetrators of the majority of the cases were known yet to date they had not been brought to book.
“In the large majority of these cases, the perpetrators are known, and yet to date have not been held accountable for their heinous crimes. The best known example of this is the CIO operative Joseph Mwale involved in the burning to death of the MDC’s (Tichaona) Chiminya and (Talent) Mabika in the Buhera area in 2000,” the dossier says.
The High Court ordered the prosecution of Mwale to no avail.