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Militia harass private property owners

Militia harass private property owners

Written by Tony Saxon
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 12:20

VUMBA – Zanu (PF) war veterans who were resettled under the infamous Robert
Mugabe (pictured) land grab have, together with youth militia, reportedly
continued to harass MDC supporters and the the few remaining whites here.

As a result of the continuing political violence, some whites who own
private lodges have fled their homes. The war veterans and youth militia led
by a man known as Manhando have set up an illegal base at Glenburn where
they harass, assault and steal livestock belonging to MDC supporters.

The MDC-T councillor in the area, Peter Mukwecheni, said Manhando, with a
group of war veterans and youth militia that underwent national service
training at the nearby Eagles Training Centre, were responsible for the
terror campaign in the area.

White people interviewed said the war veterans were threatening them to push
them out of their private lodges and residence.

“They (war veterans) have come to my place and threatened to push me out of
my private property. They said we do not have a place here as Zimbabwe was a
country that belongs to blacks,” said one resident.

An anonymous white resident of Vumba Heights said: “They came to my place
and said we should share everything that I have got. They accused all the
whites in this area of being MDC supporters and they said they would deal
with us if we continued supporting MDC-T. I was forced to attend all Zanu
(PF) meetings and rallies. We are not protected at all. The police and the
neighbourhood watch committee are partisan.”

The MDC-T said all political parties should stick to the requirements of the
Memorandum Of Understanding to take positive and visible action against
those who instigate and perpetrate politically motivated violence within
their rank and file.


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