Violence grips Muzvezve
MDC-T supporters in Muzvezve are now living in fear after reports that Zanu PF MP Peter Harritatos has allegedly kick-started his campaign seeking the right to represent his party in the area.
MDC-T district youth organising secretary Regis Mhishi accused Zanu PF activists loyal to Harritatos of coercing mine workers and villagers to attend the former ruling party meetings or face unspecified action.
The youths, reportedly led by Zanu PF Ward 14 chairman, Giant Ndlovu, are alleged to have gone to Pix Mine in Broomton last Thursday and forced Dennis Portgieter, the mine owner to ferry mine workers to a party rally at Loan Cop on Friday.
“They are forcing everyone to attend meetings and threaten those who refuse to attend with unspecified action,” said Mhishi. Mine workers who refused to be named confirmed Pix Mine management were forced to release a truck for the Friday meeting after they were threatened, but Portgieter declined to be interviewed.
Happymore Chidziva, MDC-T national youth secretary of defence and security confirmed the latest terror campaign, but warned: “We will defend ourselves if attacked, if they think they are violent let them attack us and they will see that we are more violent than them.”
A disgruntled Zanu PF top official in Muzvezve confirmed Harritatos had kick-started his campaign in an effort to retain his seat in the next general elections which President Robert Mugabe insists should be held this year.
“People are being forced to attend meetings where drinks and bread are provided to those who come.
“Those who don’t attend are threatened. Mines around here supply trucks and diesel towards these meetings,” the official who spoke condition of anonymity said.
Although the MP was not available for comment yesterday, his son Vaggo, who said he was commenting on behalf of the MP said: “Those allegations are incorrect. Muzvezve constituency has not recorded even one case of political violence and it is the most peaceful of all constituencies.
“It is very bad for anyone to say that my father has been funding people to commit acts of violence.”
Harritatos contested against Jimaya Muduuri in the Zanu PF primaries, before romping to victory in the March 2008 harmonised election in the constituency.