Families left destitute
MUTARE – Five families were left destitute on Friday after suspected Zanu PF youths torched their homes in Chigodora village just outside Mutare city.
The families who made a police report at Mutare rural police station told the Daily News of how their homes were destroyed by known Zanu PF supporters who are yet to be arrested.
Rose Kurwaisimba, 60 a victim of the attack said her home was bombarded by the marauding Zanu PF youths who were singing songs on the day baying for her blood.
“They attacked my home and made off with a solar panel, door frames and broke window panes,” she said.
She said her attackers accused her of not agreeing to work for one Mureremba, a war veteran and farmer in the Chigodora area.
Mureremba runs Chigodora Farms which once belonged to commercial farmer Jack Ali.
“We stand accused of refusing to work for Mureremba a Zanu PF member as we are MDC,” said Kurwaisimba who is now staying with relatives. Kurwaisimba said the families were abused at Mutare Rural police camp when they went there to make a report.
She said the policemen on duty accused them of supporting MDC.
“The police said we got what we had bargained for because we support the MDC. In addition they threatened to drop the case merely because we are MDC supporters,” said Kurwaisimba.
Another victim David Nhanhanga, 63, said he lost all his belongings after fire gutted all his three huts, the only placed he called home.
“The attackers came at around 7 pm and those targeted fled into the mountains leaving everything behind,” said Nhanhanga.
A councillor in the area, Jonathan Desha, confirmed the incident. Councillor Desha said he had assisted the victims by taking them into town and filing a police report.
He said the dispute stems from a long standing misunderstanding over MDC supporters in the area who are unwilling to work for Mureremba at his Chigodora Farm.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Leonard Chabata could not be reached for a comment yesterday.
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