Zanu (PF) Torch MDC Houses
Harare, December 06, 2012 – Two members of the Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in Gutu were left
homeless after their houses were razed to the ground by suspected Zanu (PF)
Political violence in the province has resurfaced ahead of general polls
Solomon Madyazvivi and Enock Makoke, both officials of the former opposition
party were left without shelter and lost property worth thousands of dollars
after suspected Zanu PF supporters torched their homes in a space of a week.
MDC information department told Radio VOP that Madyazvivi, a secretary for
ward 1 in Gutu west, had his home-stead set ablaze on Monday night a few
days after Zanu (PF) war veterans had threatened to fix known MDC supporters
during a rally.
“I was left homeless after my house was torched. I strongly suspect that
Zanu (PF) war veterans and supporters are responsible for this act of
violence. A few days before this we heard that war veterans threatened a
repeat of the 2008 violence and were targeting MDC officials in the area. I
am in real trouble because I lost my property,” said Madyazvivi.
He said his family was leaving in the open at a time the province despite
heavy rain down pours.
Makoke, another MDC activist, in ward 29 in the same district, had earlier
on lost his huts after being attacked by supporters of their arch rivals in
the shaky inclusive government.
MDC spokesperson here Harrison Mudzuri confirmed the incident and blasted
“We confirm that two of our activists had their houses torched in a space of
a week with the latest incident on Monday night. We have always condemned
violence and we are disturbed that it is re-surfacing at a time we are
moving towards elections,” Mudzuri said.
Mudzuri said Zanu (PF) should stop intimidating MDC supporters by employing
dirty intimidation tactics through violence.
Zanu (PF) provincial chairman, Lovemore Matuke refuted the allegations.
“Zanu PF supporters are not violent and arsonists. We are sick and tired of
the MDC guys who always hide behind blaming Zanu (PF) whenever their members
are involved in domestic violence. Our members do not set other peoples’
homes ablaze. MDC members are liars and they always want to use our name for
silly reasons,” said Matuke.
“Even if they refuse we are 100% sure that they are responsible for the
attack of our members. No-one doesn’t know that Zanu (PF) has the culture of
violence whenever elections are called. We are going to take up the matter
…we want perpetrators to be brought to book,” Mudzuri said.
He said police reports were made although Zanu (PF) members always get way
with crime. Police in Masvingo declined to comment.