Pressure group condemns Guruve murders

The Centre for the Advancement of Dialogue and Democracy (CADD) has condemned the recent fatal attacks on a Guruve farming family, describing onslaughts on the remaining white farmers as racist.

Catherine Francis and her father were attacked by unknown assailants less than two weeks ago and were found tied to a tree.

Catherine had an axe embedded in her head while police retrieved knobkerries and condoms at the scene of the murder, suggesting that the woman was raped.

“The organization (CADD) has been terribly shocked by the fatal attack on Catherine (and) Malcolm Francis in Guruve on Wednesday 14 May 2014.

“This has rekindled memories of mass slaughter by thugs that left hundreds of commercial farmers homeless and farmless even though some of them were born in Zimbabwe,” said the organisation in a statement.

It added: “The attack on Catherine and Malcolm in Guruve is a clear sign of political instability in Zimbabwe that should now be collectively tackled. President Robert Mugabe should come clean by ordering the immediate arrest of political thugs currently on the farms.”

CADD said the murders would dent Zimbabwe’s image and impact negatively on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as well as economic growth.

Government is agreed that Zimbabwe desperately needs FDI to resuscitate the ailing economy.

The organisation accused the government of lacking commitment to restore the rule of law by failing to prevent incidences such as the murder of Catherine and Malcolm.

“We are calling on the international community to take punitive measures against violent political parties and their leaders,” said CADD.

Scores of whites were murdered during the fast track land redistribution programme that started in 2000 when President Robert Mugabe’s government forcefully removed the commercial farmers from their farms to make way for blacks.

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