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MDC-T slams alleged harassment

MDC-T MPs have condemned the alleged  harassment of participants in the constitution outreach process by soldiers, Central Intelligence Organisation officers and known Zanu PF activists. 

In a caucus meeting held yesterday at Harvest House and chaired by the party’s organising secretary, Elias Mudzuri, the legislators complained that there was a lot of intimidation taking place around the country, mainly in Mashonaland East, Mutare and Masvingo during the constitution outreach process.

“The meeting was basically about the deliverance of a new message within the party that we should remain united and move together as far as the constitution process was concerned.

“A lot of complaints were raised by MPs in the meeting and one of them was on people trying to interfere with the process, some of them known to have been very active in the areas in as far as violence is concerned.”

“MPs complained that the CIO were attending some of the meetings, instilling fear in participants to freely express their views. Soldiers, particularly in Mutare, were said to be harassing people and chiefs were intimidating people in Masvingo,” said the source.

Meanwhile, the source said on Wednesday party president Morgan Tsvangirai held a meeting with MPs where he justified himself for reshuffling ministers.

“He basically said that the reshuffle was to give the party a new direction and that reshuffle was not based on tribal issues but loyalty to the party.”

MDC-T spokesperson Nelson Chamisa, though confirming the meetings, said he could not give details into what transpired as the meetings were internal.


Wongai Zhangazha

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