MDC youths attacked
HARARE – Harare’s high density suburb of Budiriro was on Thursday evening
besieged by suspected Zanu PF youths who went on a rampage attacking
suspected mainstream MDC supporters who were putting up posters advertising
the party’s weekend rally, according to Senator Obert Gutu, the party’s
The rally is scheduled for Sunday in Highfield.
The Zanu PF youths pulled down posters and attacked the MDC youths leaving
seven of them seriously injured, two of them without their front teeth.
“Two truckloads of Zanu PF youths came around 7:30pm as our youths were
putting up posters to advertise Sunday’s Anniversary rally and
indiscriminately attacked our people without provocation, they were armed
with knobkerries and sticks.”
“Budiriro 5 virtually grounded to a halt and the shopping centre was shut
down for a while and some of our youths were badly injured. I can confirm
two of them lost teeth in the fracas,” Gutu said.
Eyewitnesses told the Daily News that the group was led by known Zanu PF
youths Gomwe and Ndaka. They said the two and others who were involved were
part of a group which unleashed violence that rocked Parliament last month
during the Human Rights Bill public hearings.
The witnesses said police watched helplessly as the activists went on the
rampage attacking innocent residents who were going about their business.
Gutu said “The MDC would like to warn these misguided malcontents that we
are not a violent party and would never engage in the business of disrupting
the activities of competing political parties, but however I must hasten to
say our understanding should never be mistaken for cowardice.
“I must also say these people have been linked to most violent clashes in
Harare and other areas they are a rented crowd supported by expired
politicians who have nothing to offer the electorate and we warn them in as
much as we are not threatening to retaliate we will not fold our hands and
be abused by these Zanu PF thugs,” Gutu added.
Police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau said police were investigating the
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