In a report entitled Footprints of Abuse, launched on Friday here ahead of the Saturday SADC extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe, the MDC said it had lost 281 of its supporters in eight of the country’s provinces who succumbed to death
as a result of political violence unleashed on them by some Zanu (PF) supporters and state security agents between 2008 and 2010.
The MDC said 75 lives were lost in Mashonaland East province, 64 in Manicaland province, 49 in Mashonaland Central province, 32 in Masvingo Province, 26 in Midland province, 16 in Mugabe’s home province of Mashonaland West, 18 in Harare and one in Matabeleland South province.
In the 67 page report, the MDC fingered some members of the Zimbabwe National Army, the youth militia and some Zanu (PF) supporters of orchestrating the murder of the party’s supporters.
The MDC also launched another pictorial magazine exposing the use of violence and torture by President Robert Mugabe’s supporters against its party’s supporters.
The reports together with a photo exhibition which opened on Friday in Sandton close to the venue of the SADC summit are aimed at countering Zanu (PF’)s propaganda offensive which blames Tsvangirai’s party for the upsurge in violence in the country.