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Zim opposition MDC accuses ruling Zanu-PF of thuggery, violence

20 Juillet 2017

A Zanu PF stalwart in Mashonaland Central - Bindura Ward 20 allegedly set his workers' maize on fire accusing them of supporting the opposition MDC-T.

Property worth thousands of dollars went up in smoke.

On Tuesday night, unidentified assailants burned down a bar in Harare owned by Elias Mudzuri, the deputy president of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, MDC-T.

Police were not yet available for comment.

In a statement, the MDC-T said it is deeply disturbed and concerned about the recent spate of "thuggery and banditry" taking place in and around the country, particularly in the capital city, Harare. Last week, after an MDC-T vehicle was torched, Ignatious Chombo, the minister of Home Affairs responsible for the police, dismissed the attack as "an inside job [by the MDC-T] to get attention and a trick by a fracturing party that is facing loss in the next election".

No rocket science is needed to conclude that these savage and thuggish criminal activities are orchestrated by Zanu PF thugs and agents as the country approaches the make or break 2018 elections.

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"If the ZHRC sees violence, they are going to advise us to cancel the elections, and I think 2018 will be a different year". The writing is on the wall that ZANU-PF will not stand any chance come 2018 hence they have chose to resort to play the violence card. The armed men and arsonists who attacked VP Mudzuri's bar and vandalised Cllr. Janjazi's house in Kuwadzana are, without a shadow of doubt, State agents.

The party noted that it is a peace-loving and law-abiding social democratic political party, which remains disciplined and focused in the face of enormous provocation and "wanton criminal attacks by Zanu PF hoodlums and thugs".

"There will come a time when peace - loving citizens of Zimbabwe shall be left with no other viable alternative but to defend themselves from the orgy of banditry and thuggery that is being perpetrated by Zanu PF".

Gutu said although the MDC-T was a peace - loving and law - abiding social democratic political party, its discipline in the face of violence by Zanu PF thugs and state sponsored violence was no weakness.

"In the face of huge provocation and wanton criminal attacks by Zanu PF hoodlums and thugs, our party has remained disciplined and focused". We have resolutely resisted the temptation to fight violence with violence, thuggery with thuggery.

Zim opposition MDC accuses ruling Zanu-PF of thuggery, violence