Zimbabwe: Wave of Violence Rocks Harare; MDC 99 Leader Job Sikhala thinking of ways to deal with Police and Zanu PF thugs

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My Experiences are If Policemen arrive at a Violence scene where Zanu
PF thugs would have attacked ,the Police will arrest you for Public
Violence even if you are dying from injuries. I am tempted to do some
ACTION with my supporters this time. Deal with the POLICE and Zanu
THUGS. MDC99 Leader Job Wiwa Sikhala
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permalink.php?story_fbid=124456977623308&id=100001428212480)

Zimbabwe: Wave of Violence Rocks Harare
Date Posted: Monday 24-Jan-2011
By Tichaona Sibanda

Dozens of MDC supporters were injured, some of them seriously, in a
wave of weekend violence that saw gangs of ZANU PF youths rampaging
through the capital.

William Mukuwari, the MDC Budiriro district youth treasurer, is
recovering in hospital after he was shot in the leg and assaulted by
the youth militia.

The surge in politically motivated violence comes barely a week after
the MDC secretary-general, Tendai Biti, warned that Zimbabwe could
face a ‘bloodbath’ at elections this year if the international
community does not help to prevent the crisis.

‘The tell-tale signs are already there that you could have another
bloodbath,’ said Biti in Johannesburg, South Africa last week. The
latest crackdown on the MDC began late last week when ZANU PF
mobilised and bussed in youths from as far away as Gutu, Tsholotsho,
Shamva and Bindura, into Harare, to demonstrate against the so-called
maize slashing by the Harare City council.

Since the beginning of the year MDC activists have once again been
targeted by ZANU PF mobs carrying logs, stones and at times guns, as
Robert Mugabe’s party ‘go for broke’ to try to reclaim lost ground
from the 2008 electoral defeat.

Incidents of politically related chaos and violence have continued to
rock the country since the autocratic Mugabe announced his
determination to hold elections this year.

With his ZANU PF party in shambles and opinion polls suggesting a
drubbing, there are fears Mugabe will resort to the extreme violence
he did two years ago, as he seeks to extend his 30-year rule over a
nation wracked by mounting tension as an election draws near. In 2008
Mugabe retained power after using violence to force MDC President
Morgan Tsvangirai to back out of the vote.

MDC-T Senator and deputy Minister of Justice, Obert Gutu, told SW
Radio Africa on Monday ZANU PF is rolling out a deliberately planned
strategy of mass violence.

‘They know the people will reject them in a free and fair election and
that’s why they have decided to embark on a scorched earth policy,’
Gutu said.

Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa said the attacks were well scripted and
choreographed and bore all the hallmarks of ZANU PF’s ‘way of doing
business.’

‘ZANU PF has not learnt anything from using violence and they have
certainly not forgotten anything using it as a weapon to hang on to
power. Without violence they are nothing because they believe in blood
while some of us believe in peace,’ Chamisa added.

Harare has largely escaped the worst of the violence over the years
but its luck may be running out. A series of attacks during the
constitution making process last year and a number of high profile
assaults of MDC activists in the first weeks of this year have come as
a major source of worry for the party.

‘Since last week I’ve been prevented from visiting my ward and this
morning a group of ZANU PF militia tried to torch my car near the
Hatcliffe new stands,’ Harare deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto told us
when asked about the troubles, which intensified over the weekend.

A statement from the MDC said weekend violence left many of its party
supporters injured in this fresh violence sweeping Harare. ZANU PF
youths attacked MDC activists in Budiriro, Mbare, Hatcliffe and
Chitungwiza.

‘The ZANU PF youth causing havoc in Budiriro are said to be housed by
one Mai Hokoyo at her crèche, whilst the soldiers and some of the
militia are being hosted at the Rambai Makashinga cooperative, a
housing cooperative for soldiers, in Budiriro. The environment there
is pretty tense as people are living in fear,’ the MDC said.

The statement went on to say 400 ZANU PF youths besieged the MDC
district office in Mbare and assaulted 24 of its youth who guard the
premises. Mugabe’s mob allegedly smashed all the windows to the centre
and stole three sets of computers and vandalised the office furniture.

During a constituency visit last week MDC-T MP for Mbare, Piniel
Denga, was manhandled and slapped in the face by rowdy ZANU PF youths.
He escaped unharmed but warned the risk of violence will soon engulf
the country if it is not dealt with accordingly.

‘The MDC is extremely concerned by the lack of action by the police,
as well as the continued victimisation of the victims when they
approach the police stations to report the various forms of assault.
What is even more worrying is the fact that in the eyes of the police,
any MDC supporter, even if they are victims, qualifies to be a
candidate for arrest. It is clear that the repeat of June 2008 in an
amplified version is inevitable,’ the MDC statement added.

Original date published: 24 January 2011

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