MDC Zvimba West rally violently disrupted
Eight MDC members have been injured, two vehicles destroyed while two
officials are detained at Murombedzi police station following a violent
attack by Zanu PF thugs at Murombedzi growth point in Zvimba West this
Hon Tendai Biti, the MDC Secretary General was due to address the rally at
midday in the district.
The provincial Vice Youth Chairperson, Maltin Mukusha, who was caught in the
violent crossfire said, it was Zanu PF’s tactic to disrupt the MDC meeting.
“When we got there in the morning, we found the Zanu PF youths already
playing soccer in the council ground. We informed the police about this and
they said we could still go ahead with our rally as scheduled, but they
brought the netball courts and made a makeshift ground close to where we
were. But we remained calm and continued to sing our songs. Out of nowhere,
the rowdy youth began to throw sand in the air and stones began to rain on
us. Our provincial vehicle was damaged and the district chairperson’s
vehicle was not spared,” said Mukusha.
He said the people of Zvimba West today spoke against Zanu PF and against
violence by shunning it and refusing to be provoked.
“We made our presence. The people of Zvimba will never again vote for Zanu
PF. They have been abused enough by Zanu PF and today, our mere presence
brought excitement, and we are happy we brokered our way in. We thank God
for protecting us from the thugs. The eight are getting treatment, I was
also attacked but we are alright,” said Mukusha
According to the Mashonaland West Provincial Treasurer, Mr Tawanda Bvumo,
the rally was cancelled following police failure to intervene to quell the
disturbances as adamant Zanu PF hoodlums invaded the rally venue.
“We had initially booked the council grounds but the council refused us
access, then we opted for the open space at the growth point. Apparently,
Zanu PF youth today claimed to have booked the ground for a sports
tournament. The police then advised us to cancel our own meeting after Zanu
PF thugs attacked us,” said Bvumo.
Meanwhile, two MDC officials, Wilson Makanyaire, the Provincial Organising
Secretay and one Sekuru Kwenda are being held at Murombedzi police station.
Reports from Zvimba say they are surrounded by Central Intelligence Officers
who are questioning them why they are holding a rally in Zvimba.
Last week, two other MDC rallies had to be delayed and cancelled after a
Zanu PF attack. Hon Tendai Biti other activists were attacked after soldiers
from the nearby Jock camp claimed they had a soccer match at Darwendale
ground. The people had to find alternative venue for the rally to proceed.
In Mashonaland East, another rally in Mutoko East took place amid
intimidation by some misguided soldiers who went around the village
discouraging the people from attending. However, this did not work as
hundreds of villagers turned up for the MDC rally
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