MDC says violence, arrests and abductions on the rise

mdc_logoThe MDC-T released a statement on Friday detailing a series of recent incidents of violence, illegal arrests and abductions of party officials and supporters around the country.

The shocking list showed a sharp increase in these politically motivated incidents, especially in rural areas. The MDC said the crimes were perpetrated mostly by state security agents and ZANU PF supporters. We have noted a heavy presence of army personnel in the countryside, harassing innocent villagers, said the statement. The incidents started last week, when a group of soldiers from the 4 Brigade assaulted people at Mupandawana Growth Point in Gutu, Masvingo province. Dozens of people were injured.

On Wednesday, more than 30 people were reportedly injured and shops were forced to close at Jerera Growth Point in Zaka, Masvingo after another group of soldiers attacked villagers.Reports were also received from Bubi and Nkayi, in Matebeleland North province, where chiefs are allegedly telling villagers that soldiers will soon be deployed as peace keepers ahead of elections.

According to the MDC, there were disturbances at the partys Harvest House headquarters in Harare on Thursday when ZANU PF youths attacked innocent shoppers and workers. Four councillors and five MDC youths were arrested in Victoria Falls last week and there was an abduction in Masvingo South on Saturday.

The MDC said they condemn in the strongest terms all acts of targeted violence and arrests against MDC officials and activists. The party urged SADC, the AU and the international community to take note of the crackdown on the people of Zimbabwe by lawless allies of ZANU PF ahead of the coming elections. The full MDC statement can be found on our website at swradioafrica.com

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