Masvingo Villagers Homeless After Refusing To Sign Mugabe’s Anti-Sanctions Petition

The 10 have since been instructed to pack their bags and leave their village which is under Chief Serimas jurisdiction after they appeared before his traditional court (Dare) on Wednesday.

It is said the Chief summoned the families after rowdy Zanu (PF) youths reported to him that some Movement for Democratic Change IMDC) supporters had refused to sign the petition.

Tonderayi Maungwe, one of the victims, told Radio VOP he had come to Masvingo urban to seek assistance from the MDC provincial headquarters office. He said his family was leaving in the open.

“We were summoned to a Dare after we refused to sign the petition that was brought to our homes by Zanu (PF) youths. The chief told us that he could not leave with MDC supporters in his chieftainship so he ordered us to leave and he sent violent men and youths to chuck us out of our homes” he said.

He said he feared for his children since winter was fast approaching. Patrick Chimbuya who had accompanied Maungwe said some children had since drooped from school.

The two men said they were seeking assistance on behalf of the other eight families. They said MDC leaders in Masvingo had pledged to offer them temporary shelter in the city while it takes their case to the courts.

MDC-T information officer Honest Makanyire confirmed the incident and said his party was would assist the supporters.

“They told us their ordeal and the provincial leadership has since sought some shelter at some safe house in town where the ten families would live temporarily while we challenge Serima in court, said
Makanyire.

This is not the first time Chief Serima has been caught in controversy. Last year the Chief took MDCT legislator for Masvingo Urban, Tongai Matutu to court accusing him of assaulting him In Gutu. Matutu was subsequently convicted of the charges but appealed against both conviction and sentence.