Thugs burn MDC supporter’s house

HARARE - Zimbabwe's leading opposition party said this week one of its members in Buhera South had her house burnt by supporters of President Robert Mugabe, in what it charged were politically motivated attacks.
The authorities confirmed the house was razed by fire.
A spokesman, for the Movem

ent for Democratic Change (MDC) told The Zimbabwean that supporters of the governing party burned the house over the weekend.
According to Nelson Chamisa, the ruling party thugs set MDC provincial chairperson Veronica Dingwiza Mashonga’s house alight under the cover of darkness. He said the ruling party thugs had shouted political slogans in support of the governing party, Zanu (PF) while torching the house.
No-one was injured but property worth billions were burnt to ashes.
Opposition party officials said they were gravely worried about the escalation of violence in the run up to district local elections. They said there had been several clashes between members of the two rival parties, whose leaders are contesting the election scheduled for October.
Police spokesman Andrew Phiri described the disputes as random and spontaneous. “I think it is political immaturity, where people don’t respect other people’s political views,” he said.
However, Chamisa said he believed that the violence was coordinated by the government. He said he feared that violence would only intensify as election day approaches. “The situation is quite bad,” Chamisa said. – Gift Phiri

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