Zanu PF has accused the two MDC formations of perpetrating political violence, hence the party was mobilising funds for victims of political violence as the country prepares for next year’s harmonised polls.
Report by Ndunduzo Tshuma
According to a Central Committee Report tabled by President Robert Mugabe at the party’s 13th Annual People’s Conference that ended in Gweru yesterday, the party said since the formation of the MDC, it had experienced an increase in the number of their members falling victims to political violence. “Now that election time is upon us again, we must be prepared for any eventuality, especially with regards to the victims of political violence,” reads the report.
“Since the formation of the MDC, we have over the years witnessed an increase in the number of our members who have fallen victim to political violence. Some have suffered permanent injuries and some have lost property at the behest of the MDC thugs. Again funds must be availed for such an eventuality.”
Ironically, the MDCs have accused Zanu PF of being the chief culprit in perpetrating political violence.
In 2008, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the presidential run-off election citing violence against his party members.
The MDC-T has also expressed fears over the recent reported deployment of the army along the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, saying the soldiers might be used to engage in violent activities in the area on behalf of Zanu PF.
Meanwhile, the party said it will introduce “proper” monitoring mechanisms to “provide checks and balances to the operations on Non-Governmental Organisations in the country”.
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