Mbare violence: Aids patients fail to access ARVs

Patients on Antiretroviral drugs are bearing the full brunt of the politically motivated violence in Mbare, where Zanu (PF) youths are on the rampage and have invaded market stalls, municipal houses and even people’s homes.

The respected Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace last week appealed to political parties in the country to put an end to violence calling upon them to find better ways of getting popular support other than resort to violence.

CCJP has been imported and the headquarters of the infamous Zanu (PF) militia Chipangano has made it difficult for HIV/AIDS patients to access ARVs in the area near the control centre of the violence.

“Our experience has shown that politicians will never win votes by beating and killing perceived enemies. The best way of winning votes is by promoting human rights and human dignity,” said CCJP.

“In extreme cases, some families in Mbare have lost their houses to people who belong to particular political parties, buying and selling opportunities, some of the survival strategies in Mbare have been availed on partisan basis,” said CCJP.

Livelihoods in the suburb have been turned upside down as Zanu (PF) seeks to regain the MDC stronghold in the next election. Scores of people have been forced to flee their homes resulting in family dislocations.

“Families have been broken by the violence, and some men have to go and see their families at night to avoid being caught by the groups,” added the report.

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