3 MDC supporters stoned, hospitalised
HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has said Zanu PF “thugs” in
Shangani stoned and injured at least three party members heading for the
13th MDC anniversary.
MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told the Daily News yesterday that three
party members wrere admitted at Mpilo General Hospital after the weekend
“Some of our members were attacked at Shangani by a group of Zanu PF
supporters while travelling to Bulawayo,” Mwonzora said. “A group of Zanu PF
supporters wearing party T-shirts stoned our buses carrying our supporters
and this saw three of our members severely injured and they are at Mpilo
No comment was immediately available from Matabeleland South police
spokesperson Sergeant Nkosilathi Sibanda as he was out of office yesterday.
The continuous escalation of violence cases has heightened mainstream MDC’s
call for reforms before the forthcoming election.
During the attack on MDC supporters, one person identified as Darlington
Serewu was severely injured while Trust Shayanewako is in Intensive Care
Unit at Mpilo General Hospital.
In an emergency response to the violent developments, Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka told the media in Gweru that the
country cannot go for the next election without a solution to political
“We cannot go to the next election without coming up with lasting solutions.
The electoral reforms should be observed. This violence explains what to
expect ahead of the election slated for March next year. The next election
should be centred on reforms and not date-driven,” said Tamborinyoka.
“We need to put our house in order instead of thumb-sucking a figure. The
recent violent encounter is a clear indication that Zimbabwe is not ready
for an election, despite President Mugabe’s call for elections in March next
year,” he added.
Meanwhile, six other MDC supported were seriously injured while travelling
from Bulawayo when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in burst a front
tyre on the 40km peg along Gweru Kwekwe road.
Some of the accident victims were hospitalised at Gweru General Hospital
include Tendai Moyo, Fanny Nyoni, Tinasher Karikodzi and Ruth Chinanayi
among other. –
Pindai Dube and Alfred Tembo