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MDC-T to compensate violence victims


MDC-T will compensate victims of Zanu PF political violence, the party’s national spokesperson Nelson Chamisa has said.

Addressing mourners and party supporters in Ward 35 in Mushayavanhu area, Gutu East, at the burial of Ruka Chiseva, an MDC activist who died after a long battle with injuries sustained in political violence that rocked the 2008 presidential run-off elections, Chamisa said his party had launched a fund to assist widows and orphans of political violence.

“We have launched the Real Change Survivors’ Fund that will help widows and orphans of departed MDC cadres.

It will also compensate party activists who were injured in political violence in our struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe,” said Chamisa, who is also Information and Communication Technology minister.

Chiseva, the MDC-T Gutu District organising secretary and one of the founding members of the party, died at Gutu Mission Hospital from the injuries inflicted in political violence.

The fund, according to Chamisa, would also reimburse those whose property was destroyed in the orgy of political violence that left thousands homeless and others displaced internally and externally.

“As a party, we will also restitute those whose property and livestock were destroyed or stolen in the violence.

“We will give back double the livestock confiscated by Zanu PF youths,” he said.

Chiseva is survived by his wife Sarah, and nine children -five sons and four daughters.

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