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Zanu PF attacks, injure MDC-T activists

By Staff Reporter

TWO MDC-T activists were attacked by suspected Zanu PF activists who detonated an unidentified explosive objective at one of the activists’ Chitungwiza home injuring his wife in the process.

This is according to the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) which went on to condemn the attacks.

The decision to attack the activists was allegedly hatched at a meeting at the Zanu PF headquarters in attempts to stop the opposition activists from distributing voter registration forms which remain in short supply at Biometric Voter Registration centres designated for the purpose by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

“After a meeting at the ruling party offices,” ZPP said in a statement, “It is alleged that a resolution was made to eliminate MDC-T activists who include Simon John, Gertrude Machakaride, Ethrida Chidavaenzi and Amos Kaliyati.”

Amos, it is further said, was distributing the registration forms at his home and giving them to a Mavhura, a lawyer to certify.

“An unidentified object was then detonated at Amos’ house injuring his wife and damaging the roof of the house,” ZPP said.

Police are said to have not failed to visit the house to assess the extent of the damage as part of their initial investigations.

They instead decided to keep in their custody, one Simon John, another party activist despite having visible wounds sustained during another attack.

The law enforcement agents, ZPP further said, have also allowed one of John’s assailants, a known Zanu PF activist, to roam freely.

“The Zimbabwe Peace Project reiterates the need to set up a special investigations committee to investigate cases of political violence that have been reported since the BVR process started,” said ZPP.

The rights based group said BVR should be allowed to proceed without any of the parties attempting to torpedo the process.

“The Zimbabwe Peace Project calls upon the relevant authorities to apply the law in the face of increasing violations,” said the group.

ZEC chair, Rita Makarau has often been slammed for failure to condemn political violence linked to the ruling party.


Gary Murambiwa
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