Children escape fire attack

Two children escaped unhurt when the house they were sleeping in was torched in a suspected politically motivated attack at Musanhi Village on Thursday night.

Destroyed property in the hut
Destroyed property in the hut

In a statement released this week by the MDC-T, the party said the house belonged to Adam Katsiga, the MDC chairperson for ward 9 in Mutoko East and was attacked by suspected Zanu (PF) activists.

“The MDC notes with great concern the increase of politically motivated violence being perpetrated by Zanu (PF) militia in Mashonaland East province,” the party said. The suspects in the case were a Zanu (PF) youth chairperson and a local Zanu (PF) councillor.

“The two had earlier issued threats to the victim that they were going to deal with him. A police report has since been made at Makosa Police Station in Mutoko but no action has been taken,” the MDC statement reads. The attack follows another similar incident in Mahusekwa on Sunday when the house belonging to MDC parliamentary candidate for Marondera West in the July elections, Mcdonald Muchetwa, was also allegedly set alight.

“Property worth thousands of dollars was destroyed,” the statement said. Muchetwa told The Zimbabwean that he estimated the property was worth as much as $11,000.

“Property including a motor bike, cement, maize, bicycles and cell-phones was burnt after Zanu (PF) activists torched the house. Both attacks were carried out at around midnight,” MDC said in its statement.

The party wants to know why its party members continued to be victims, when Zanu (PF) was victorious in the just-ended elections.

Muchetwa’s relatives outside his hut
Muchetwa’s relatives outside his hut

“More disturbing is the police’s inaction,” the statement said. MDC called on regional and international bodies to roundly condemn “such barbaric acts”.

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