Activists who spoke to Radio Vop on Friday said they were afraid to stay in their villages after fellow villagers were severely beaten during previous elections.Legislator for the area Admore Maramwidze Hamandishe confirmed the development saying at least two people are dying in his constituency every month due to injuries sustained from politically motivated assaults.
“There are no more MDC-T youths here.All of them are fleeing after Zanu PF youth, war veterans and armed soldiers who patrol the area openly announced that they are prepared to ‘slaughter our supporters like goats before pouring acid on them’ as soon as we start campaigning.
“The threats are not taken lightly since we bury our comrades every two weeks,” said Hamandishe.
The latest victims of violence in Gutu North are Crispen Gurajena and his wife Raina who died in Gutu Mission Hospital last week. The two left young children who are afraid to stay at home alone.
“Since the death of our parents, we are afraid to stay at home alone. We meet the people who killed our parents everyday and we are not sure of what they might do to us. The same people who killed our parents came here and took all things including the plough, maize seed and other property, leaving us with nothing,” said Tafadzwa Gurajena, 16, their son who wept bitterly during the interview.
The deceased were ordered to eat their faeces on the day they fell victim for their support for the MDC-T.Ward three chairman Phillip Mahachi said his wife Mavis, 38 , is admitted in a hospital in Harare as she failed to recover since the day she was beaten.
“All our children are no longer staying with us. They fled and they are now living in safer areas. My wife is critically ill and I am afraid that she might be the next victim of this violence ,” said Mahachi.War veterans led by retired colonel identified as Masanganise are moving around Gutu threatening to crush the MDC-T supporters like flies if they did not support President Mugabe.
Hamandishe said the government must make sure that the issue of national healing was addressed as a matter of urgent.