Supporters still in hiding: MDC-T

Despite a recent visit by the Joint Operation Monitoring and Implementation Command to the troubled and volatile Chimanimani areas where, some villagers are still in hiding as there is no proper guarantee of their safety from law enforcement agents.

MDC Manicaland spokesperson, Pishai Muchauraya, said several people were displaced and six families from Chimanimani East were currently housed at the office after being evicted from their houses in April this year.

Muchauraya said the continued attack of their party supporters by Zanu (PF) rogue supporters and state security agents is a clear indication that Zanu (PF) is lacking political will to democratise the country’s political space.

He said over 500 women were raped, adding that since 2008, over 400 people were still attending court cases on political motivated charges violating POSA and other draconian laws.

"Tsorai Kusena, an MDC activist from Mutare West, was fatally assaulted by known police officers last week. As we speak, a group of Zanu (PF) zealots and thugs are terrorising anyone perceived to be MDC. In Mutare, similar groups of Zanu (PF) rogues are moving around town threatening the business community with seizures or under the disguise of economic empowerment. This is what we call economic violence. The police have stood idle while this group rapes, maims and kills innocent people," said Muchauraya.

In his address to villagers who had gathered at Nedziwa business centre for a reintegration meeting last week, Elton Mangoma of MDC-T said the JOMIC would engage the Attorney General with a view to prosecuting the culprits.

"From the meeting we held with police they told us that even though they make arrests, nothing has been done at the courts. As JOMIC we will meet the AG to see how his office is handling this matter.

"Today we have managed to make a breakthrough and these families will be back in their homes. The community is very sorry about what happened and everyone is committed to restoring the lives of the victims," said Mangoma.

This was the JOMIC’s fourth attempt to integrated displaced MDC families back

into the community after they fled Chimanimani in February.

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