Terror campaign spreads to opposition youth leaders’ homes

DISTRICT and provincial youth leaders of the MDC Alliance have claimed mid-night raids on their homes by unidentified men in plain clothes believed to be military personnel and Zanu PF hit squads.

BY BRENNA MATENDERE

The party’s youth assembly spokesperson Brian Dube yesterday claimed that the harassment of the youth leaders started in Harare soon after the shootings that left seven people dead following deployment of the military to crush MDC Alliance demonstrations against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on August 1.

“The harassment of our youth leaders has now spread all over the country. It is no longer just happening in Harare. Families of our youth leaders in several districts are under siege,” he said.

Dube, who is also a human rights lawyer, revealed that dozens of cases of harassments and intimidation have been recorded in Marondera, Bindura, Gweru, Bulawayo, Mberengwa East and Mberengwa West.

“Our youth leaders have called me to say our homes have been visited at midnight by strangers. In Marondera, we recorded seven cases, in Bindura six, and here in Gweru quite a big number. I also got a call from Bulawayo to say about nine of our leaders are under siege,” he said.

“In Mberengwa East and West, we also recorded about eight other cases. The situation is very worrisome. The people ask to see the leaders and threaten their families. They even tell the family members to warn our leaders that they will disappear if they continue dabbling in politics.”

Dube said in the worst case, MDC Alliance chairperson Happymore Chidziva’s family in Harare was visited by the storm-troopers at midnight and tortured a few days ago.

“After the torture, the family was bundled into an unmarked vehicle and driven to Mbudzi cemetery during the night where they were dumped,” he said.

Chidziva and several other MDC Alliance leaders are currently in hiding fearing for their lives after police shortlisted them as the brains behind the August 1 demonstrations.

Dube insisted that the night raids were meant to instil fear into the MDC youth leaders so that they do not mobilise supporters to defend their votes following Zec’s alleged mismanagement of the electoral process.


The European Union and United States have already condemned violent attacks targeting opposition supporters.

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3 Comments

  1. The MDC has achieved what it wanted because they knew they would never win. Even Biti’s attempt to escape was all stage managed. The message they want the world to get is that they are a victim of violence. This will earn them money and sympathy. At a personal level Biti wants to be a hero so he is in the process of scoring points in the party so that he creates some legitimacy to take over the party.

  2. Read 2 Chronicles 18:24 you will find the perfect answer for you. Many spoke as you do remember Jonathan Moyo

  3. What goes arround comes arround. These are the consequences of an atempt to shut down Zimbabwe. Talk of defending a vote, where is that found in our laws? If you keep trying to shut down Zimbabwe, the law will also shut down your party and it will succede.

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