Violence on the rise

Political violence is on the rise in Makoni district following the abduction and assault of MDC-T activists in the area last week.

Zanu (PF) is putting pressure on villagers to vote for the party in the envisaged elections to be held next year.

Soldiers and war veterans led by a senior army officer only identified as Chiganza, with the backup of Zanu (PF) youth militia, are reportedly using a yellow CAM twin cab vehicle to unleash terror on the villagers. The militia has targeted resettled farmers, where they have made sure that they are all registered as party members.

An MDC activist, Rison Bende, was last week on Friday abducted and taken to the notorious 32 Infantry Battalion Army Barracks in Tsanzaguru where a torture base has been set up.

His relatives told this paper that they found him the following day dumped in the bush near The Lake View shops after he was severely assaulted for drumming up support for the MDC-T in the area.

"We had just retired for bed when a group of Zanu (PF) militia broke into his house. They grabbed him by his hands and forced-marched him to a yellow truck where they said they would return him alive on condition that he renounce his MDC membership," said a neighbour who witnessed the abduction.

"We then made a report at the police base but no action was taken and no arrests were made," said the neighbour.

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