New wave of politcal violence in Masvingo
by Regerai Tukutuku
The violence erupted when a house belonging to Nelson Vhudzijena from
Mashingaidze Village under Chief Ndanga was petrol-bombed by suspected Zanu
(PF) supporters during the night, leaving Vhudzijena and his wife, Eveline
The two are currently battling for life at Musiso Hospital in Zaka after
sustaining serious burns during the incident.
MDC-T Masvingo provincial spokesman, Harrison Mudzuri, who is also the Zaka
Central legislator, said the couple had refused to attend a Zanu (PF) rally
in the area, arguing that they supported the MDC formation of Prime Minister
MDC-T national executive member, Jefreyson Chitando, told The Zimbabwean
that the situation in Zaka was tense following the incident.
“As we speak, two of our supporters are in hospital after they refused to
attend a Zanu (PF) rally”, said Chitando.
“The political temperature is now high in Zaka and I hope the law
enforcement agents will act accordingly”, added Chitando. Scores of MDC-T
supporters in Masvingo North constituency were on Wednesday beaten up and
left for dead at Chikarudzo business centre when a group of soldiers waylaid
them when they were coming from an MDC-T ward meeting.
One of the victims, Alfred Leokay, said he was beaten and left for dead. “I
was beaten severely and am finding it difficult to walk,” he added. Police
in Masvingo confirmed the incident but said investigations were in progress.
Zanu (PF) Masvingo Provincial Chairman, Lovemore Matuke, said he was not
aware of the incident.
Officials from the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) met
with the police over the latest incidents of violence in the province.