Displaced MDC-T victims still stranded

August 15, 2011 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

BY CAIPHAS CHIMHETE

AT least 32 MDC-T supporters have not returned to their homes in Chimanimani
District, four months after they were forced out by marauding Zanu PF youth
militia and war veterans.

MDC-T Manicaland provincial spokesperson, Pishai Muchauraya said his party
was still offering shelter to the victims of political violence. While some
are housed at a safe house in Mutare, others are said to be staying with
relatives and friends, away from their tormentors.

Muchauraya, who is also MP for Makoni South, feared that the victims might
be permanently displaced as most of them lost all their properties when Zanu
PF activists set blaze their homesteads and slaughtered their livestock.

“We are still offering them shelter and food because it is not safe for them
to go back,” Muchauraya said.

“As we speak, some senior Zanu PF officials in the district defaced our
party symbol at our offices and repainted the building in an act that
definitely does not bode well with the letter and spirit of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA).”

The MDC-T has since secured vacancies in schools around Mutare for children
displaced alongside their parents.

However, others have not been that fortunate and their future looks bleak,
said Muchauraya.

The MDC-T provincial spokesperson blasted the Joint Monitoring and
Implementation Committee (Jomic) for lacking urgency in addressing the
plight of victims of political violence.

The Jomic team, which comprises of officials from Zanu PF and the two MDC
formations, has not set foot in the violence-ridden district since its last
visit in June.

“They have not come back since their last visit in June,” he said. “I want
to tell them to wake up or risk being irrelevant.”

MDC-T has since its formation just over a decade ago accused Zanu PF and
State security agents of terrorising its supporters countrywide.

It claimed that Zanu PF and State security agents murdered at least 200 of
its supporters during the violent 2008 elections.

Muchauraya said his party was running out of patience and would seek “a
political solution because we cannot allow our supporters to be displaced
permanently”.

Jomic to visit Chimanimani after Sadc summit

Jomic member Frank Chamunorwa of the MDC, said the political displacements
were one of the issues that Jomic and the South African facilitation team
discussed on Thursday.

He said the Jomic team would visit victims of political violence in
Chimanimani District after the Southern African Development Community (Sadc)
summit in Angola this week, where the Zimbabwe crisis is expected to feature
prominently at the meeting.

“We are going to Chimanimani as the operational committee and
co-chairpersons of all the political parties, soon after the Sadc summit,”
Chamunorwa said.

“We raised the issue of displacements and continued political violence with
the Sadc facilitation team.”

Jomic spokesperson Joram Nyathi said the body would go back to Chimanimani
at the end of this month to try and address the political crisis in the
district.

He said Jomic could not immediately return there after their second visit
because of a busy schedule.

“We have many projects that we have been undertaking, such as meeting
editors and civil society,” Nyathi said.

“We will be going back there, possibly on the 27th or 28th of August.”

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