MDC Officials Abducted At Gun-point

A well known Zanu (PF) official is said to have accompanied the abductors to where the MDC supporters were forcibly taken on Monday.

While police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena professed ignorance on the abductions, the MDC confirmed the developments in a statement.

 “Seven MDC activists were abducted at gunpoint in Ward 7, Chimanimani East, and Manicaland province yesterday night (Monday) by state security agents and a Zanu PF Manicaland provincial member.

“The seven MDC supporters are Joseph and Tinashe Chikware, Stanley, David and Wilson Kuretu, John Jiyamwa and Matibiri Nyando. The State security agents accused the seven of being too vocal at a constitution-making outreach meeting held in the area last week.

“According to eyewitnesses, property which included generators, solar power and furniture was destroyed by the abductors. The whereabouts of the seven are still unknown and the MDC fears for their safety,” said the MDC in a statement on Tuesday.

At least 200 MDC supporters were killed in the run-up to the June 2008 presidential run-off while thousands were left displaced.

State agents and Zanu (PF) supporters went on the rampage brutally assaulting perceived MDC supporters after President Robert Mugabe had lost the first round of elections to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The MDC then boycotted the elections, but Mugabe participated in a one man election and declared himself president.

Although the minister of constitutional affairs, Eric Matinega has repeatedly denied violence in the constitution making process, human rights groups differ.

Human rights organisations says violence is being perpetrated war veterans, Zanu (PF) youth and members of the state security agents including the police, soldiers and CIO operatives.

Zimbabwe is in the process of writing a new constitution as part of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which will lead to elections next year.