MDC members chased from rural homes – again

zim_refugees_sa.jpgMore than 50 MDC supporters have sought refugee at a pastors' training college in Epworth after they were banned from their rural homes by their village heads who accused them of being sellouts.
During the bloody March and June presidential election campaigns last year, MDC supporters were forced to flee their home

They sought refuge at the United Theological College in Epworth.

After the formation of a new inclusive government this year the college
authorities gave them blankets, clothes and transport money to travel
back home.

However, last week the MDC supporters returned to the pastors' college
after Zanu (PF) leaders and village heads in their rural areas chased
them away, accusing them of being sellouts.

This was after they had barred the MDC supporters from rebuilding their
homes, which were burnt down during the election campaigns.

There is still no peace at our homes. Our village headman chased us
away accusing us of being sellouts. We failed to rebuild our homes .He
said we should go away and stay with the white men in the city, one of
the refugees told The Zimbabwean.

A pastor at United Theological College said: Although there is a new
government in place some Zanu (PF) elements have not reformed. They act
as if they own this country and everybody who doesn't support their
party is a lodger in their area.

He said the college had no option but to let the refugees stay there until the situation normalizes in their home areas.



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