Violent ZANU PF youth evicting suspected MDC supporters
By Tererai Karimakwenda
Residents in the high density suburb of Epworth just outside Harare have
reported an invasion by violent ZANU PF youth, who are allegedly evicting
any suspected supporters of the MDC formations.
These forced evictions are reported to have displaced nearly a hundred
families, including women with young children, who have found themselves out
in the cold without any legal recourse.
According to the Daily News newspaper, residents said the ZANU PF youths
“wreaked havoc” in Epworth this week, “forcibly displacing” residents
suspected of being MDC supporters and taking over their residential stands
The report said police in Epworth intervened only after a report was made by
a local joint MDC – ZANU PF peace committee. Many families had already lost
everything by the time police got involved.
The Daily News said: “More than 100 residents affected by the evictions had
grouped at an open ground fearing for their lives. A tense atmosphere
pervaded the area as a number of menacing youths milled around.”
It appears the land at the centre of the evictions is owned by the Methodist
Church and the youth are dismissing their legitimacy, saying: “Methodists
did not come with land from Britain”, according to local residents.
According to the Daily News, one resident claimed they have been paying
rates to the church while negotiations for more permanent stands are taking
place. Residents also know the ZANU PF youths who are leading the invasion,
but no arrests have been made.
We were unable to contact any of the Church officials for comment on this
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