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Movement for Democratic Change Says Violence Against Its Supporters Continues

The MDC formation of Morgan Tsvangirai says there’s been a resurgence of violence against its supporters by ZANU-PF militants in violation of the power-sharing accord.

The MDC grouping issued a statement late yesterday saying dozens of its supporter have been assaulted, turned out of their homes or seen them burned by militants of the former ruling party. ZANU-PF- militants are alleged to have burned the Zaka home of MDC supporter Sam Jaricha. In Mbare, Mbare more than 61 MDC families who were displaced from their homes during the post-election violence and had obtained a court order authorizing their return were chased and beaten by ZANU-PF militants. The MDC said no arrests have been made so far.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that such attacks run counter to the spirit of togetherness in which the power-sharing agreement was signed.

As noted, some of that alleged violence has been taking place in the Mbare high-density suburb of the capital. Sources there say some 61 families were attacked by ZANU-PF militia members in full view of police at the Matapi station.

The families had gone there with a Messenger Of Court and Mbare Member of Parliament Piniel Denga in an effort to reclaim their homes seized during the period of post-election violence.

Sources said two truckloads of ZANU-PF militia including the notorious Chipangano gang invaded the police station singing songs denouncing the MDC and beating family members while the police looked on without taking any action.

During the June presidential run-off campaign ZANU-PF militia forcibly evicted MDC supporters from council-owned houses including the Mbare, nenyere and Matapi flats and the Joburg lines. The Mbare Magistrate’s court later authorized the evicted tenants to reclaim their homes.

Studio 7 was unable to obtain comment from Matapi police officials or ZANU-PF.

Mbare House Of Assembly member Piniel Denga of theMDC Tsvangirai formation tells reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the police accused him of inciting people and wanted to arrest him.

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