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Zimbabwe: 40 Injured As Soldiers Go On Rampage in Zhombe

40 MDC-T supporters were injured, two of them seriously, when soldiers went on a rampage at Samambwa business centre in Zhombe, in the Midlands province.

The two who were seriously injured, 77 year-old Peter Frank and 74 year-old Phineas Madhlembwa, are now admitted at the Avenues Clinic in Harare suffering from broken limbs and internal injuries.

The local MDC-T MP, Rodger Tazviona, escaped without injuries. A report was made to the police but no soldiers have been arrested or questioned about the incident.

The MDC-T chairman for the Midlands North, Constain Muguti, told SW Radio on Friday that 40 people were injured in the unprovoked attack by soldiers who had been guarding farming inputs for the Maguta project at the business centre.

He said the 10 soldiers felt 'insulted' by the MDC-T for organizing and gathering near where they were based, even though the MDC-T had police clearance to hold a rally at Samambwa.

'Nine of the 40 received bad injuries, but we had to rush the two old men to Harare for specialist treatment because they were badly hurt. They were made to lie down on the ground and bludgeoned with logs. Women were stripped naked and had their T-shirts burnt to ashes, including 18 cell phones and wrist watches that were also thrown into a fire.

'So when we got to the business centre, women had fled into the bushes because they were naked. All my life as a politician I consider this as one of the most brutal and most evil acts of violence I've ever witnessed. It was just savagery,' explained Muguti.

Asked what instigated the attack, Muguti said the soldiers felt belittled and undermined by a gathering of MDC-T supporters, not far from the food aid that was to be distributed by Robert Mugabe.

'The soldiers told our supporters that they were going to teach them some manners for undermining Mugabe and supporting Tsvangirai who was not giving anyone food in Zimbabwe.

'It's as if the food is benefitting everybody, when we all know it's being given to ZANU PF supporters. One day these people will pay for what they're doing to innocent civilians,' Muguti added.

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