Zanu thugs evict MDC supporters

MUTARE - Ruling Zanu (PF) supporters have evicted at least 26 families from a former white-owned farm on the outskirts of the city after accusing the families of drumming up support for opposition-led anti-government protests. The families were last week kicked off from Premier Central Farm in Ol

d Mutare after they were accused of backing Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. After they were evicted off the farm, the families initially set up camp on the roadside in temporary plastic shelters. But last week, the police descended on the former farm workers and drove them from the roadside. Fredrick Matingo, one of the affected individuals, said trouble began last week after a marauding band of ruling party supporters invaded the farm and ordered that they leave the property. “We were forced to remove our belongings at night by these guys who were brandishing weapons such as knobkerries, pangas and sticks. They said we were being used by Tsvangirai and were acting as his agents in mobilising for mass action against the government. They even said they had orders from above,” he said. Police spokesman for Manicaland province, Joshua Tigere, refused to comment on the matter while the governor for Manicaland, Tinaye Chigudu, who is also the Zanu (PF) chairman for the province, professed ignorance over the eviction. – ZimOnline

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