Zanu PF sponsored Violence flares up in Gokwe and Manicaland
The MDC categorically states that the well-orchestrated violence against its
members by Zanu PF will not stop the people of Zimbabwe from pushing for a
free, democratic Zimbabwe where every citizen enjoys basic freedoms.
It is sad to note that Zanu PF has begun to resort to the language they
understand most, the language of violence. The MDC maintains that violence
is evidence of lack of ideas on the part of Zanu PF and this will not work
any longer as the people of Zimbabwe are determined to see change in a new
Zimbabwe under the MDC government.
In Midlands North, Gokwe Gumunyu district, Naison Taruvinga, 47, the
district deputy Organising Secretary, was attacked by a group of Zanu PF
hooligans after he resisted their overtures in their door-to-door campaign.
He said trouble started on the 2nd of June when some Zanu PF thugs came to
his homestead doing their door-to-door campaign. After he failed to agree
with their demands for him to vote for their party in the coming elections
they threatened him with unspecified action, citing the June 2008 orgy.
“On the 3rd of June the thugs returned to my house at night but they were
chased away by my dogs. On the 4th another group came again at night, this
time with their own dogs. When I heard noise outside I wanted to investigate
but was shocked to see more than 10 people, They threw stones at me and I
retreated into my house and they continued to stone the house destroying the
windows, roof and door,” said Taruvinga.
The thugs have since been identified as Moses Chiveza of Chabveka village,
Christopher Chindume of Manjengwa village, Tavengwa Chindure of Matutu
village, Tellmore chikarakara of Gumbo village,Martin Mawanyire of
Mapwanyire village and William Chiveza of Chikwawa village. These were
leading a team of over 18 thugs.
The case was reported to Msadzi police station, in Gokwe. The RRB number is
561720. No arrest has been made so far.
Meanwhile, in Manicaland, Zanu PF launched “Operation Chimumumu” in the area
after Hon Elton Mangoma, the MDC Deputy Treasurer General and Minister of
Energy and Power Development addressed a developmental meeting in the area
on 13 May 2013 at Sabhuku Munyiki’s homestead.
Elliot Matseka Magaya, a Zanu PF district chairperson and self proclaimed
war veteran and Garikai Gomba, a Zanu PF district youth secretary
consequently addressed a Zanu PF meeting several days later where people
were forced to attend and made a calling that everyone who had attended Hon
Mangoma’s developmental meeting must vacate the ward, failure of which
“operation Chimumumu” and other unspecified actions were to be applied
against them. Several MDC officials who attended the meeting have already
been targeted and are being told to vacate the area. “Operation Chimumunu”
requires all people to be silent.
The names of the earmarked MDC members have since been submitted to the
SADC facilitator for their protection and to avoid the repeat of the 2008
Zanu PF violence and displacements.
The case has been reported to the police and the Joint Operation,
Monitoring and Implementation Committee, JOMIC in Manicaland.
The behaviour of these Zanu PF thugs is a violation of the Global Political
Agreement (GPA) and the newly adopted constitution, which recognises the
basic freedoms of people such as association, assembly, speech and movement.
The latest violence and thuggery once again exposes Zanu PF’s sincerity
deficit in this political deal.
The people of Zimbabwe know what they want. They want freedom, prosperity
and development. No amount of violence will stand between the people and
their vision. The MDC calls upon the police to take conduct their duties
professionally and bring to book all perpetrators of violence.The party
remains resolute in its push for a free and democratic Zimbabwe where every
citizen enjoys basic freedoms.
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