Militia beat up villagers

CHAKARI - More than ten MDC supporters were brutalized here last week by Zanu (PF) youth militia who are undergoing military training at a new base at Rondo farm.

MDC Chakari district chair, Moscow Chakabvapasi, said out of the ten members who were beaten, two of them were seriously injured and needed to be hospitalised in Chegutu. He said the militia, who were being trained by soldiers at the former white commercial farm, stormed an MDC a constitutional meeting and assaulted delegates with dangerous weapons. The youths approached the meeting and ordered everyone to lie down before beating them with barbed wire and logs.

Two of our members suffered head and arm injuries and they are nursing the wounds at a local hospital while the rest escaped with minor injuries. The police this time responded positively as they arrested five of the militia, and we hope they (militia) are going to be prosecuted, said Chakabvapasi. There are reports that Zanu (PF) have established torture bases in the rural areas to threaten villagers to support the Kariba Draft as the basis for the new constitution.

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