Addressing hundreds of party supporters at Maungwa Business centre in Gutu at the memorial service of the late Public Service minister, Professor, Eliphas Mukonoweshuro yesterday, Tsvangirai said the MDC-T government will make sure that Zanu PF militia, who were responsible for political violence, will be punished.
Mukonoweshuro, who was also the legislator for Gutu South constituency, died in South Africa after he suffered heart complications.“An MDC-T government will not ignore victims of political violence.
For those who were beaten, raped, had property looted or destroyed, we are making a commitment to heal their wounds,” said Tsvangirai. “Those who were killed, we will take care of their children. This is a commitment we will make and we will follow up on it. We have got the records of those affected.”
The MDC-T has said at least 200 of its supporters were killed by suspected Zanu PF activists during the violent 2008 elections. The Premier said the perpetrators of political violence would be brought to book.
“We cannot just be silent and let the villains celebrate their actions,” he said. Tsvangirai said his party has been at the receiving end of political violence at all elections and warned of more violence in the decisive winner-takes-all elections to be held in the near future. The MDC-T leader urged President Robert Mugabe to rein in his party supporters, whom he said fanned violence before, during and after polls.
“We all know who brings the violence to our areas but Zanu PF should discipline its members,” said Tsvangirai. “Mugabe should walk his talk when he says no to violence.”
Mugabe has on several forums condemned political violence but has never been able to rein in his supporters. Zanu PF supporters recently beat up people at the official opening of Parliament and invaded private properties in many towns with impunity.
Tsvangirai also condemned state institutions which he said were now instigating violence against defenceless citizens.