About 60 riot police descended at Warren Hills cemetery before proceeding to beat up hundreds of people that had thronged the cemetery for the unveiling of tombstones of the four MDC T activists murdered in cold blood by state security agents in the run-up to the June 2008 presidential run-off.
People scurried in all directions while the gun and baton wielding police lashed out at people attending the service, forcing organisers to also flee from the cemetery.
The unveiling of the tombstones for Tonderai Ndira, Cain Nyeve, Better Chakururama and Godfrey Kaunzani – the four MDC T activists whose decomposed and brutalised bodies were found dumped at farms in Mashonaland East – followed a memorial church service earlier in the day on Wednesday held at the Dutch Reformed Church.
Prime Minister addressed the gathering at the churches.
The MDC T claims the June 2008 polls left about 300 of its supporters’ dead. Heal-Zimbabwe sent electronic card invitation to the media for the memorial and unveiling of the tombstones for four MDC T activists allegedly killed in cold blood by state security agents in state-sponsored violence in the run-up to presidential run-off in June 2008.
Tsvangirai said the murderers of the slain MDC T activists must be brought to book.
“These four were brutally murdered for their political beliefs and the tearful memories of their lives and their painful death will remain etched in the collective memory of this nation for a long time to come. They fought for a just cause and they died in the course of national duty,” Tsvangirai told people that gathered for the memorial service earlier in the day.