ZANU PF threatening MDC-T in Binga with amputations

November 21, 2012 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

By Tererai Karimakwenda

Traditional chiefs, soldiers and police officials in remote areas of Binga
North are allegedly threatening to cut off the arms of MDC-T councillors and
supporters, and forcing villagers to pay fines for failing to attend ZANU PF
rallies.

Villagers from Chunga and Lusulu areas accused Chief Simupa, Chief
Sinakatenge and Chief Sinamusanga of working with ZANU PF activists and
using their positions to force villagers to attend meetings.

Councillor Temba Toonse Kunjulu (TTK), from Jabuba ward in Binga, told SW
Radio Africa that the ZANU PF activists include Kenias Charuma and a former
intelligence agent named Isaac Ndebele.

“Councillors are being threatened with having their arms cut off, and why,
because of having failed to attend meetings organised by these ZANU PF
activists. The big challenge in Chunga and Lusulu is that people are being
victimised by Ndebele, and at times the police are involved,” a frustrated
TTK explained.

Villagers are also being forced to pay a fine if they fail to attend these
meetings.
According to TTK, a young MDC-T supporter named Omi was recently fined $40
by Chief Sinakatenge, for failing to attend a meeting that he addressed.

The victims of political violence have no one to protect them since the
police are clearly ZANU PF supporters. Councillor TTK said a policeman named
Edward Muzondo recently told villagers at Lusulu Grain Marketing Board that
only those “who know where they were fathered” will receive food under the
Presidential scheme. This food is donated by the office of the president and
meant for all villagers, regardless of their political affiliation.

“Actually he showed himself to be a true partisan of ZANU-PF because he said
‘pamberi ne ZANU PF. Pasi ne MDC’, which was heard by every participant of
that programme at Lusulu GMB,” Councillor TTK said.

Intimidation of perceived enemies by ZANU PF activists and state agents
loyal to Robert Mugabe has intensified, as the country heads towards a year
in which elections are due to be held.

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