15 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Tuesday 15 January 2013 - Issue 499

press release

Thousands of MDC supporters, civic society, academics and villagers today joined President Tsvangirai and the Chavunduka family for the burial of Prof. Gordon Chavunduka at No. 14 farm in Dowa, Rusape.

President Tsvangirai bemoaned the loss of a candid and frank advisor in the party adding that the nation had lost a true liberator, who stood by the ideals of a free Zimbabwe from the colonial era right into the pro-democracy era.

In Masvingo, during the past month, a group of self proclaimed war veterans and Zanu PF supporters invaded land designated for sporting facilities at Mupandawana Growth Point. According to Senator for Gutu, Hon. Empire Kufachikati Makamure, a group of about fifty Zanu PF supporters led by the party's losing council candidate for ward 34 Jephison Nemashakwe Muzorori allegedly approached the local council offices and demanded land for agriculture and proceeded to grab land designated for sports and recreational facilities.

"I was surprised to see Zanu PF supporters cultivating land that has been designated for sporting facilities. In actual fact they have invaded the netball and volleyball pitches at Makombo ground. That is the place where all School competitions for the entire district are held. We are deeply disturbed by the primitive mentality reflected by Zanu PF. They have also encroached onto my residential stand and that kind of barbaric behaviour is reckless and uncouth".

"We wonder where school pupils are going to conduct their activities after the invasion of their sports facilities. As a former educationist I am well aware that sport is part of the education curriculum and the Zanu PF supporters have reflected blatant disregard for children's rights to proper physical and moral development .It is now very difficult for the pupils to carry out their activities because the crops have literally clogged the area, "said Senator Makamure.

He said frantic efforts were being made to reverse the controversial process adding that he had engaged the local district administrator and local council officials over the matter.

MDC Gutu Central Constituency Secretary for Information and Publicity Lloyd Mupfudze described the incident as uncivilized and retrogressive. "Zanu PF supporters have shown their desire to destroy all functional facilities in the country. Apart from hosting district sports competitions, the area is also used for various exhibitions, so we are not happy with the incident," said Mupfudze.

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