Violence continues despite dialogue

Violence, murder continue despite dialogue

In spite of the on-going SADC-brokered dialogue in South Africa, two
MDC activists were last week murdered by Zanu PF supporters.

The body of Fungisai Ziome, an MDC activist who was abducted at her

home on 23 July 2008, was discovered in a maize field on Saturday

morning in Glendale, Mazowe South constituency, in Mashonaland Central


Ziome, of Ward 13 in Glendale, was an active MDC supporter who was

abducted by Zanu PF supporters who then mutilated, burnt and dumped

her body, which was later, discovered in the early hours of Saturday

by passers-by in the area.

A report was made about the murder to the police but no arrests have

been made. The MDC and Ziome’s relatives are waiting for a post mortem

before burial arrangements are made.

Meanwhile, Kingsley Muteta, a police officer, died at Harare’s Avenues

Clinic on Saturday after being beaten by a mob of 12 Zanu PF

supporters at his parents’ homestead in Mudzi.

Muteta who was working in Harare, had visited his mother when he was

attacked   by the mob, which accused him of visiting his mother when

he knew she was a known MDC activist.

 He was taken to Kotwa Hospital in Mudzi and later transferred to

Harare where he died on Saturday due to the injuries that he


His body is also waiting for a post mortem before he is buried.

The MDC has asked Zanu PF to show its sincerity to the dialogue

process by stopping violence, disbanding all militia bases and

prosecuting all perpetrators of political violence.

The deaths show that there is no sincerity on the part of Zanu PF. The

death of the two brings to 122 the number of MDC activists who have

been murdered since the March 29 harmonised elections.

Acting MDC Information and Publicity Secretary

Hon. Tapiwa Mashakada.

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