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Zanu PF accused of arson

Two houses belonging to MDC-T Hurungwe district organising secretary Edmore Chinanzvavana were destroyed in the fire.

A visibly shocked Chinanzvavana blamed Zanu PF youths and soldiers, who had allegedly threatened him with unspecified action hours before the arson attack.

They allegedly accused him of organising a rally that was addressed by the chairperson of the MDC-T’s women’s assembly Theresa Makone and executive member Jessie Majome.

The rally was reportedly attended by more than 500 people.

“When we arrived at my homestead at Magunje Growth Point from the rally at Mudzimu Township we were threatened by soldiers and some Zanu PF activists,” Chinanzvavana said. “The houses were already on fire.”

He said nothing was salvaged from the houses after the fire.

“Everything was burnt in the house including a welding machine, grinding machine, fishing rods, two tonnes of maize, six bags of fertliser, door frames and a table,” he said.

A senior army officer also reportedly threatened MDC-T Hurungwe district secretary Tonderai Kusemamuriwo with unspecified action for organising the rally.

“The senior army officer (name given) threatened me saying I should not lead MDC-T activities within a 2km radius of the 2.3 Infantry barracks,” he said.
Chinanzvavana and Kusemamuriwo reported their cases at Magunje Police Station.

Police could not immediately comment on the cases.

MDC-T provincial organising secretary Wilson Makanyaire accused Zanu PF of using soldiers in the district because the party did not have structures.

MDC-T claims more than 200 of its followers were murdered in various incidents of polititically motivated violence during the run-up to the 2008  harmonised elections won by its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

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