27 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Councillors, Youths Arrested for Disrupting MDC Rallies

press release

Police in Guruve on Saturday arrested two Zanu PF councillors and three Zanu PF youths after they had attempted to disrupt an MDC rally in the area.

On the same day in Chivi, police had to intervene after a group of rowdy Zanu PF youths wanted to disrupt another sanctioned MDC rally. Both rallies were ahead peaceful after. At Mukwenya Business Centre in Guruve North, hundreds of MDC members had gathered for the rally on Saturday when rowdy Zanu PF supporters led by two councillors tried to disrupt the meeting.

However, police officers who were present after being notified of the rally moved in and arrested the five Zanu PF members. The two councillors involved in the disturbances, Adis Chiundi and Lenisio Kafungura were warned and cautioned by the police before their release on the same day. The other three Zanu PF youths were still in custody on Monday facing charges of public violence and tearing MDC posters.

Before Saturday's disturbances, some Zanu PF youths had on Thursday night attempted to set on fire an MDC Mashonaland Central provincial vehicle that was parked at the home of Andrew Mupunga. Mupunga is the Guruve North district chairperson.

However, the attack was foiled by alert MDC driver Godfrey Godza who put out the fire. On the same day, an MDC rally was nearly disrupted by unruly Zanu PF youths at Nyamakwe Business Centre in Chivi Central, Masvingo.

The rally was held to celebrate the MDC's 13th Anniversary. Similar rallies was held in Bikita East, West, Zaka East on the same day but there were no disturbances recorded. The mob in Chivi Central was led by Mugove Nhando and said they would not leave the venue claiming they

wanted to distribute maize seed to their supporters. However, the police immediately intervened and told them to disperse or they would face arrest.

The Guruve rally was addressed by the Mashonaland Central provincial leadership who included the chairperson, Godfrey Chimombe. "The act of causing disturbances are a sign of a dying horse that is Zanu PF as it knows that its days are numbered and the people of Zimbabwe will soon be having real change," said Chimombe.

He urged the people of Guruve to remain committed to their fight for a better Zimbabwe with jobs, better health, education land and farming opportunities for all. In Chivi, the Masvingo provincial leadership told over 1 500 MDC members that the MDC will usher in a new era of governance after winning resoundingly the crucial watershed polls next year, despite persistent efforts by Zanu PF to stall democratic change.

The MDC Masvingo national representative and MP for Masvingo Central Hon. Jeffryson Chitando said the MDC supporters should be ready to embrace change next year when the party wins the elections.

"For the record we should focus on how we are going to run the affairs of this country after winning the elections," said Hon. Chitando. He said Zanu PF bigwigs were quaking in their boots because they were afraid of the new constitution that will usher a better life and safeguard the future for all the people not the minority in Zanu PF only.

"Zanu PF wanted to manipulate the Constitution making process and they are now blaming Paul Mangwana for betraying the party because the level of desperation in the former ruling party has scaled to unprecedented levels.

"Our goal at the MDC is very clear we want to win the elections and bring meaningful change in the lives of the majority of suffering Zimbabweans. We will not tolerate violence and intimidation of our supporters and that is why we are calling for electoral and constitutional reforms ahead of elections," said Hon. Chitando.

The Women's Assembly national spokesperson, Memory Munochinzwa urged MDC members in the area to work hard to win all the parliamentary and council seats in the district next year.

"The MDC has a proud record to boast of in the inclusive government because we have managed to bring notable economic and social change. The health delivery system has tremendously improved but we have not yet reached our destination of a better life and jobs for all," said Munochinzwa.

The provincial chairperson Wistaff Sitemere said the MDC family had every reason to celebrate after being persecuted and tormented by Zanu PF and State security agents for over a decade.

"We have travelled a long and bumpy road but we are almost there so let us remain focused on our major objective of winning the next elections. We were tormented by Zanu PF for a long time but we are now in a better position to win the next elections and we promise a better life for everyone. I salute for your commitment and determination," he said.

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