MDC-T Activists’ Family Under Attack

June 22, 2011 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

HARARE – June 20, 2011 – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) is
struggling to meet the demands of the families of more than 23 activists
arrested last month following the death of a police inspector in Glen View
last month.

The MDC-T Harare Provincial Spokesperson Senator Obert Gutu said the
majority of the people who were arrested were self employed and their
continued incarceration has resulted in “collateral suffering” for their
An official with the party’s social welfare department has revealed that
more than 50 families have been visiting the Harvest House on a daily basis
requesting for assistance.

“After the crack down on MDC activists in Glen View, the numbers of people
in need of assistance has been ballooning every day. The dependants of the
activists are now destitute and some are now staying
in safe houses. Their demands vary from basic food requirements, to money
for rentals and other utility bills,” said an official at the party’s head

The officials said other known MDC activists from Glen View have since gone
into hiding as the police have been targeting all known supporters of MDC
led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

“The families of our activists in prison are flocking the office demanding
that we give them assistance. Every day we have more than fifty families
including those of people who are in hiding,” said the

Gutu, who is also the deputy minister of Justice, said the number of people
in need of assistance has been increasing since the beginning of the year
with scores of their supporters having been displaced.

High Court judge Justice Tendai Uchena last Friday reserved judgment in the
bail application by the 20 MDC-T activists who were last month remanded in
custody by a Harare magistrate, charged with the murder of Police Inspector
Petros Matedza in Glen View.


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