Masvingo Central legislator Jeffryson Chitando (MDC) who was in Harare confirmed to have received the report saying a lot of his supporters were being victimised ever since Defence Minister Emmersom Mnangagwa visited the area last weekend.
Chitando said MDC supporters were acting in retaliation following intimidation from Zanu PF youth.
Soon after Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s visit in Masvingo Central last weekend, Zanu PF youth started to set up some bases in the area before intimidating villagers.
By Thursday noon, RadioVOP was informed that two bases had been set at Barahanga and Chikarudzo areas. The youths who were manning the bases openly told villagers they were preparing to punish all opposition members who fail to follow their orders.
Their first assignment was to severely beat all villagers who did not attend Mnangagwa’s rally.
“It’s sad that these guys were already victimising my supporters. They had already set some camps so that they go in villages and demand
chickens, goats and some property thereby punishing our mothers,” said Chitando. “However, they got more than what they bargained for in my area when villagers teamed up and demolished their camps. I think it was a lesson and enough warning to Zanu PF,” said Chitando.
MDC-T accuses Zanu PF central committee member and Masvingo Rural District council Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Clememce Makwarimba for feeding the thugs and encouraging violence.
“This is coming from Makwarimba. He is the man who supplies youths with food and allowances. He had urged his youths to beat us but
unfortunately we could not allow then this time. As MDC-T supporters here, we are not afraid of anyone, we shall revenge, we will fight
back,” said another supporter.
Makwarimba accused MDC-T of violence.
“These people are violent; they do not know what they do. They have attacked our supporters so they must not cry next time. I can not say anything but MDC-T must not go this far to provoke us,” said Makwarimba.
Masvingo Acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Prosper Mugauri said the police at Renco Mine received such a report but he
was not in a position to divulge what exactly happened.
“I just have the information with me that such a report was made at Renco Mine, I need more time to give you actual details,” said Asst
President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai are however, on record telling their supporters to desist from violence saying the two are
already in good books.