ZANU PF thugs assault MDC-T activists in Sanyati

At least six people were hospitalised after a group of ZANU PF thugs went door-to-door in Sanyati district on Tuesday, assaulting people who had taken part in a training session organized by the MDC-T.

Trena Ruzvidzo, the MDC-T Midlands North Chairperson, said one victim was hit on the head with an axe and others were assaulted with iron bars and garden hoes. Ruzvidzo and other witnesses said the gang was led by a well known war vet named Enias Mapfumo, who came with 20 others.

Police made no arrests and claimed they had no transport to ferry the victims to hospital in Kadoma. According to Ruzvidzo they even harassed the victims and made no effort to investigate the incident.

Ruzvidzo explained that the MDC-T conducted a workshop on democratic processes for activists in the area on Monday. A group of thugs disrupted the session, accusing the participants of being sellouts because they do not support ZANU PF.

The next day several participants were targeted by Mapfumo and his gang. The war vet accused them of being trained to make petrol bombs and said he wanted to make an example of them.

Ruzvidzo said the gang abducted Josiah Shumba and wanted to use him to point out the other workshop participants, planning to take them in their car to a torture base. But their car broke down and they went to the homes of the MDC activists.

According to Ruzvidzo, Amos Zhou was assaulted with an axe and suffered serious head injuries while Plaxedis Chadeurwa was assaulted on her buttocks with the handle of a garden hoe and is not able to sit. The two were taken to the Avenues Clinic in Harare due to the seriousness of their injuries.

Ruzvidzo said there is no clinic or hospital in this remote part of Sanyati where the attacks took place. The victims were first taken to Kadoma, but the police and the clinic would not assist them. – SW Radio Africa News

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