The MDC-T Harare Provincial Spokesperson Senator Obert Gutu said the majority of the people who were arrested were self employed and their continued incarceration has resulted in “collateral suffering” for their dependants.
An official with the party’s social welfare department has revealed that more than 50 families have been visiting the Harvest House on a daily basis requesting for assistance.
“After the crack down on MDC activists in Glen View, the numbers of people in need of assistance has been ballooning every day. The dependants of the activists are now destitute and some are now staying
in safe houses. Their demands vary from basic food requirements, to money for rentals and other utility bills,” said an official at the party’s head office.
The officials said other known MDC activists from Glen View have since gone into hiding as the police have been targeting all known supporters of MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
“The families of our activists in prison are flocking the office demanding that we give them assistance. Every day we have more than fifty families including those of people who are in hiding,” said the
Gutu, who is also the deputy minister of Justice, said the number of people in need of assistance has been increasing since the beginning of the year with scores of their supporters having been displaced.
High Court judge Justice Tendai Uchena last Friday reserved judgment in the bail application by the 20 MDC-T activists who were last month remanded in custody by a Harare magistrate, charged with the murder of Police Inspector Petros Matedza in Glen View.