Political Violence Flares in Zimbabwe Even as Mugabe Preaches Tolerance

August 6, 2011 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

http://www.voanews.com/

Supporters of Mr. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party are accused in the attack on Ayaya
Kassim, youth chairman in Mbare’s 11th ward for the MDC formation of Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

Ntungamili Nkomo | Washington

A call by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday for political
tolerance and an end to violence seemed not to be heeded by alleged ZANU-PF
activists in the Mbare township of Harare who severely injured an official
of the Movement for Democratic Change by dashing scalding hot cooking oil in
his face.

Supporters of Mr. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party are accused in the attack on Ayaya
Kassim, youth chairman in Mbare’s 11th ward for the MDC formation of Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Mbare, site of a bus terminal, a sports stadium
and major flea market, has been a hot spot for political violence, often
against Tsvangirai MDC members.

Sources said a group of ZANU-PF militants stalked Kassim to the house of a
friend where they splashed hot oil in his face, badly disfiguring him.

ZANU-PF youths backed by liberation war veterans stormed Parliament last
week and assaulted an MDC legislator and journalists. No arrests were made
in that incident.

Tsvangirai MDC legislator Gift Chimanikire, who visited Kassim in the
hospital Thursday, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that the
victim is in bad shape.

“It can best be described as an act of attempted murder. His face is badly
damaged and he may require plastic surgery at some stage,” Chimanikire said.

Commenting, political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya said the latest incident of
violence should be a major embarrassment for Mr. Mugabe. “Either he has lost
command of his party or his call for peace is hypocritical,” Ngwenya said.

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