Zanu thugs burn MDC homes

HARARE - Only electoral theft will save Zanu (PF) in this weekend's rural and district council elections, says the MDC.
"Zanu (PF) is now a museum piece. The people want a new Zimbabwe," party spokesman Nelson Chamisa told The Zimbabwean.
But MDC supporters are facing a w

ave of politically-motivated violence and discrimination. They have been denied access to food aid, Zanu (PF) thugs have burnt down the homes of MDC candidates in Buhera, Mutoko, Mudzi and Gokwe, while the president of the Chiefs’ Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira, has threatened villagers with eviction from their homes if they do not vote for the ruling party.
More than 300 MDC rallies have been cancelled or disrupted by the police in the campaign run-up period.
Despite these impediments the MDC is confident of success.
“The national sentiment is now very clear. Nothing short of chicanery and electoral theft will save this regime from defeat. People are tired of Zanu (PF) councillors who have failed to develop their areas, have engaged in corrupt activities and fleeced councils of their little revenue and abused council equipment and machinery,” said Chamisa.
The catalogue of woes of the rural people included the politicisation of food aid, poor road maintenance, clinics and dip tanks without drugs or chemicals. The Zanu (PF) regime was simply not working, he said
“Since last week, the party’s president, Morgan Tsvangirai, his deputy Thokozani Khupe, national chairman Isaac Matongo and the rest of the Liberation Team have been virtually camped in the rural areas and will only return to the capital at the end of the week,” said Chamisa.
Tsvangirai has addressed 16 rallies in Masvingo, Midlands South, Midlands North, Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North since last week. He will wind up his campaign programmes with rallies in Mhondoro, Seke and Domboshava before the end of this week.
Despite Zanu (PF)’s arsenal of dirty tricks, which included preventing opposition candidates from filing their papers, the MDC says it has fielded people of high integrity who are accountable and who listen to the people.

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