Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tsvangirai Party receives more than 90 cases of aggression by followers of Mugabe

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the prime minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai has said Friday it has documented more than 90 illegal detentions, intimidation and attacks against its members and supporters in so far this year. In a report provided indicates that these attacks have been carried out by police and members of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party of President Robert Mugabe, who remain unpunished.

In the latest incident outlined in the document, on 1 May this year, nine families involved with the MDC in the eastern town of Nyambeya in Cashel Valley, were attacked by known members of the ZANU-PF, who burned their houses. "Nine families, consisting of 29 persons have lost their homes and have lost virtually nothing," said MDC information about the incident.

Cashel Valley Police, added, has refused to open an official investigation into the facts, considering that this is a case of "too political." For its part, the police, controlled by the ZANU-PF, has released a report that says the MDC is "fueling" the political violence in the country, according to today released the government daily "The Herald" also line supporters of Mugabe.

The police report speaks of twenty cases, clashes and attacks without serious consequences, investigated between January and April this year in which they are presumed to Tsvangirai's party components. While these reports are disseminated, the sources MDC and ZANU-PF said that their representatives negotiate these days, in Cape Town, South Africa, a plan to ensure that the next elections, expected to occur in 2012 and 2013, is free from violence.

Mugabe and the ZANU-PF ruled in an authoritarian and solitary Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, until February 2009 when he formed a national unity government with Tsvangirai as prime minister, to remove the country from political crisis, social and economic history deeper.

Despite the alliance in government, Mugabe and the ZANU-PF have maintained control of the armed forces, police and the judiciary, which sometimes have been used against their partners in the MDC.

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