MDC official to apear in court today

Wilstaf Sitemere, the MDC Masvingo provincial chairperson was arrested by police yesterday on allegations that he teamed up with a group of MDC youths and assaulted seven residents of Morningside on 4 November.

He was detained for over five hours at Rujeko Police Station before being released in the afternoon and will appear in court today.

The police are claiming that seven residents who include Nyasha Mazorodze and six other unidentified women were assaulted by MDC youths who were following orders from Sitemere.

Meanwhile, Tongai Matutu, the MP for Masvingo Urban has urged the youths to maintain discipline and integrity ahead of the forthcoming elections and said the MDC is ready to complete the struggle for democracy and bring real change to Zimbabwe through the ballot box. Hon. Matutu made the call at a youth forum held at Building Brigade, Mucheke, on Saturday. The event was attended by hundreds of youths from Masvingo Town.

Matutu is the Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment.

“We are in the twilight zone of the struggle and we are ready for the elections and the youth must engage in serious mobilisation because we must win the next plebiscite and that is very critical,” said Matutu.

“For us to win, the youth must be able to sell party policies to the people. Above all we need a disciplined and dignified Youth Assembly. All youths must register to vote and that is the way we can protect our vote,” he said. Hon. Matutu castigated Zanu PF terror squads, particularly Chipangano, for causing mayhem in the country adding that violence should not be tolerated among MDC youths.

“Zanu PF thugs are causing mayhem in the country but as the MDC, we should not tolerate violence as we believe a free and fair election is the only way forward. We must shun violence and bickering. Let us do away with the spirit of infighting. We should not thrive on cheap political grandstanding and we are very serious on the need to stop violence. You must reflect cohesion and discipline .We don’t need confusion, bitterness and internecine fighting,” he said.

Meanwhile, Josiah Rimbi the Senator for Chipinge in Manicaland province has encouraged the people to maintain peace and register to vote in preparations for the next elections as it was the only way to bring about a new Zimbabwe with jobs and food. Hon. Rimbi made the remarks on Saturday while addressing hundreds of party supporters gathered for an MDC Real Change Peace Rally at Mutovhoti Business Centre in Chibuwe, Musikavanhu.

“If we stay committed to peace and justice, another world is possible. One based on human needs not corporate greed, on people not profits, on justice not power. Let us all go and register to vote so that we add our voice as every vote counts. This is the only peaceful way to bring about the Zimbabwe want, Zimbabwe with food, jobs, security and freedom,” he said.

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