Chimanimani Headman Expels MDC Supporters
Charity Mukwambo, Chimanimani, July 29 2011- Seven Movement Democratic
Change supporters belonging to the Morgan Tsvangirai faction in Mutsamvu
area in Chimanimani are living in the bush following their expulsion from
the area on Wednesday by the local headman.
The headman accuses the MDC supporters of reporting three Zanu (PF)
activists who had assaulted them to the police.
The seven were severely assaulted by a group of Zanu (PF) supporters led by
Kumbirai Mushango, the Zanu (PF) district chairperson for the area and his
deputy, Uleki Mugebe for attending the MDC district meeting in the area. One
of the victims, Chirongwe was admitted at Mutambara mission hospital after
he was hit by a stone on the head by Mushango.
The seven identified as Mary Kuretu, Lina Marova, Agnes Chishuro, Vivian
Chase, Eunice Kuretu, Ndorekeraani Chirongwe and Naume Mutereke appeared
before the traditional court of headman Timothy Madzianike facing charges of
reporting to the police Zanu (PF) activists who in March this year severely
assaulted them for attending an MDC meeting.
“Headman Madzianike summoned us to his court on Wednesday and accused us of
reporting Zanu (PF) officials and war veterans to the police without first
seeking his permission. As punishment we have been asked to pay US$30 each
and leave the area with immediate effect,” said Kuretu. “The headman said he
does not want MDC supporters in the area. Last night we slept in the bush,”
she told Radio VOP in a telephone interview from the Chimanimani MDC
district offices where she has sort refuge.
Kuretu said ironically her assailants, Mushango and Mugebe also attended the
“Mushango and Mugebe assaulted us but they are being shielded by the
headman. We have lost our homes for being victims of Zanu (PF)’s political
violence. Where is the inclusive government?” asked Kuretu in tears.
The MDC supporters reported the case to the police but the police took time
to investigate the case until last week when they finally started to carry
out some investigations.
The MDC district coordinator for Chimanimani office, Pardon Maguta expressed
concern over the latest development in the area.
“The headman and Mushango have caused a lot of suffering for our members in
this area. Previously they have tortured, harassed and beaten our members.
They are taking advantage of the remoteness of the area,” said Maguta.
The headman could not be reached for comment.
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