On Monday last week Tsvangirai deliberately omitted Mutinhiri from an official tour of Mahusekwa. Mutinhiri has, in the past, vowed to remove the MDC from his constituency.
After Tsvangirai left the area, villagers told The Zimbabwean that Mutinhiri has increased his presence in the constituency, which he narrowly won in 2008.
“If we had we tried to respond to this provocation we would have been arrested. So we just ignored Mutinhiri, who touted a gun, and went home very scared,” said MDC-T District Chair Eddington Magwenzi.
The villagers said Mutinhiri was usually accompanied by 13 so-called Youth Officers who reside at Mahusekwa Growth point and receive a salary monthly. He is the former Minister of Youth Development and Employment Creation and also a retired army commander and brigadier.
“People are now scared of openly supporting MDC. They are scared of Mutinhiri’s boys and what they are capable of doing,” said a villager who asked not to be named.
Villagers in Mahusekwa accuse the former soldier of having politicized the Constituency Development Fund
The villagers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Mutinhiri gave door and window frames he bought using the CDF only to Zanu (PF) supporters.
In most parts of the country preparations for polls are already underway but unfortunately for villagers who belong to the MDC-T in Marondera West they cannot openly organize meetings for fear of reprisals.
“We are being targeted here and cannot organize meetings without fear of being attacked, we are being monitored daily,” said Mangwenzi.Post published in: News