MDC Supporters Flee As Houses Are Burnt

The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has announced that villagers at Gambuli Farm were subjected to a series of attacks on their homes by well known supporters of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF).

The marauding youths are said to be moving in the company of police officers.

“Some of the villagers now spend their days in the mountains and only come back to the village to sleep in the roofless huts. Only two homesteads belonging to Zanu (PF) supporters were spared.

“A well known Zanu (PF) supporter and headman from the nearby farm known as Mesmar has been reported to be moving around the farms in the company of police officers and a group of the party’s youth league demanding offer letters from villagers. Failure to produce the offer letters has resulted in the villagers’ houses being razed to ground while others burn the thatched roofs of the huts.

“In a Murambatsvina-style destruction that has left many villagers shocked, the group at times asks the victims to destroy their own houses. Some of the houses have been left with only walls while others have been razed to the ground level.

“Some of the affected villagers said they were forced to destroy their properties and those who tried to resist the move were severely beaten up including the headman of the village only identified as Manhenga,” reads part of the statement from ZPP.

According to ZPP, the police officers allegedly fired gunshots in the air to threaten the villagers.

The villagers are said to have moved to stay on the farms at the height of the farm invasions in 2000 led by war veterans and Zanu (PF) officials.

The violations were reported at Chemagamba Rural Police Station in Chinhoyi but no one has been arrested.