JOMIC to meet MDC victims in Chimanimani

Officials from the MDC-T in Manicaland report that they have approached the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) to intervene after more displaced villagers turned up at their head office in Mutare, seeking shelter from violent ZANU PF supporters. MDC-T provincial spokesperson, Pishai Muchauraya, said a team from JOMIC has agreed to meet with the victims on Sunday and hear their stories.

More assaults on innocent villagers started last week after a ZANU PF anti-sanctions rally. Many were accused of not attending the rally and were hunted down door-to-door and severely assaulted. Over 200 reportedly fled and some from Cashel Valley crossed into Mozambique.

Muchauraya told SW Radio Africa that about 50 are now being cared for at the Mutare office and the number continues to grow. There has been no response from the police in terms of arrests even though we provided some names, said Muchauraya.

He accused ZANU PFs councilor Elijah Mugebe, Major Muresherwa and traditional leader Tichaona Undenge, of organizing the attacks against MDC supporters using armed youth militia and war vets.

Muchauraya said the JOMIC team has also asked to meet some of the perpetrators of the violence, which they say is necessary to start a healing dialogue.

Muchauraya said; But of course the perpetrators will not show up on Sunday because they do not want to be exposed or arrested.

The police have continued with their usual partisan approach to political violence around the country, arresting only MDC supporters. ZANU PF thugs operate with impunity and at times with police assistance. This led to statements by the JOMIC co-chairperson, Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga, who last week said a smart coup had taken place in Zimbabwe.

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