MDC-T warns supporters

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The MDC-T has said stern action will be taken against its members involved in violent activities ahead of the party’s congress which opens on April 28.

Elias Mudzuri, MDC-T’s national organising secretary, told journalists in Harare on Wednesday that his party did not condone violence and that stern action would be taken against anyone found on the wrong side of action.

Mudzuri said while his party condemned acts of violence “even God has never guaranteed peace in the world although He has the powers to do so”.
He said God had simply given “guidelines to live with each other” peacefully.

“We do not tolerate violence,” Mudzuri said. “As a party of excellence, we will see to it that stern disciplinary action is taken against those behind violence.”

MDC-T has been rocked by incidents of violence among its own activists. The violence intensified during elections to choose new office bearers in the provinces.

“We are waiting for a report from a team that investigated the violence,” Mudzuri said.

The police have also accused the MDC-T of being a violent political party with the force’s Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri saying the former opposition party had turned into a party of “warlords and rebels”.

“The ZRP continues to urge the political party to desist from behaving like warlords and rebels, causing pandemonium in society.

Situations where they desire to fuel intra-party and inter-party violence and thereafter put the blame on the police as well as lack of rule of law will certainly never be tolerated,” said Chihuri.

Mudzuri said elections to choose new provincial party office bearers were expected to continue this weekend.

Raila Odinga, Kenya’s Prime Minister, is expected to be the congress’s guest of honour.