Zanu thugs ban church in Mutoko
Overzealous Zanu (PF) supporters in the restive Mutoko East district have
banned the Seventh Day Adventist church from Nyamakosi School because some
of the church members are members of the MDC-T.
by Fungi Kwaramba
Mutoko East district chair Peter Kudanyana is a member of the church that
does not have a church building of its own in the area and was hiring the
school to hold its services.
“Zanu (PF) supporters have banned the church from being held at the school
because of the fact that our members are part of the congregation. We find
it shocking because the church does not have anything to do with politics,”
said Tapera Tsigo, the Mashonaland East Youth secretary for information.
Since the unilateral announcement by President Robert Mugabe that the
country would go to the polls next year, villagers say cases of intimidation
have increased. The Zanu (PF) shadowy militia vigilante group Chipangano has
also been exported to Mashonaland East where Zanu (PF) continues to have a
A teacher, only identified as Rwodzi, along with Albert Nyakapinda and
Charles Katsande are accused by the villagers of starting the purge against
MDC-T supporters that also extends to social places and grocery stores.
“We were threatened not to buy in shops that are owned by MDC members.
People are now scared to enter into some shops because they fear being
targeted when violence starts again,” said Esrom Makota.
Traditional leaders have been threatening to evict people who support the
MDC-T after a visit by the Director of Air Force Intelligence, Wing
Commander Bramwell Katsvairo, along with Zanu (PF) leaders last month.
Katsvairo, who orchestrated the reign of terror in Mutoko that resulted in
scores of deaths but no prosecutions, told villagers that the district could
return to the days of violence again if the MDC was left unchecked.