More Than 280 MDC Supporters Murdered – Report
Johannesburg, June 11, 2011 – More than 280 supporters of Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have been murdered
by supporters of President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party in two
years, the MDC has said.
In a report entitled Footprints of Abuse, launched on Friday here ahead of
the Saturday SADC extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe, the MDC said it had lost
281 of its supporters in eight of the country’s provinces who succumbed to
as a result of political violence unleashed on them by some Zanu (PF)
supporters and state security agents between 2008 and 2010.
The MDC said 75 lives were lost in Mashonaland East province, 64 in
Manicaland province, 49 in Mashonaland Central province, 32 in Masvingo
Province, 26 in Midland province, 16 in Mugabe’s home province of
Mashonaland West, 18 in Harare and one in Matabeleland South province.
In the 67 page report, the MDC fingered some members of the Zimbabwe
National Army, the youth militia and some Zanu (PF) supporters of
orchestrating the murder of the party’s supporters.
The MDC also launched another pictorial magazine exposing the use of
violence and torture by President Robert Mugabe’s supporters against its
The reports together with a photo exhibition which opened on Friday in
Sandton close to the venue of the SADC summit are aimed at countering Zanu
(PF’)s propaganda offensive which blames Tsvangirai’s party for the upsurge
in violence in the country.
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