MDC-T sends SADC dossier on political violence

Finance Minister Tendai Biti

By Tichaona Sibanda
26 February 2013

The MDC-T has dispatched to the regional SADC bloc a dossier on the recent upsurge in violence in Zimbabwe, the party’s secretary-general Tendai Biti has said.

Briefing journalists in Harare on Monday, the Finance Minister said his party will request SADC leaders to convene an extraordinary meeting to tackle the recent upsurge in electoral violence.

“Events in the country are degenerating into what happened in 2008. SADC must act now to prevent the escalation of violence,” Biti said.

Sources told SW Radio Africa that the party has a ‘massive dossier’ of events in the past months where a number of party activities have been killed, intimidated, assaulted and prevented from registering to vote in general elections expected in July.

The latest killing was that of 12 year-old Christpower Maisiri who died in a suspected arson attack in Headlands on Saturday. Biti claimed the house Christpower was sleeping in was fire-bombed by elements linked to the powerful ZANU PF Minister Didymus Mutasa.

Mutasa is the ZANU PF MP for Headlands while Christpower’s father, Shepherd is an MDC-T official who is challenging the ZANU PF stalwart in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

For two months after the March 2008 polls, the country was consumed by violence and forced evictions. The ZANU PF militia, aided by the partisan security forces cracked down on known MDC supporters, killing over 500, maiming thousands more and forced half a million others from their homes.

Surprisingly nobody has yet been convicted by the courts. Human rights activists routinely point out that no ZANU PF activists, party members, armed state security agents or ministers or generals who incited and funded the trigger-happy gangs have been held to account to the bloody violence five years ago.

Since 2000, after the formation of the MDC, elections in Zimbabwe have been divisive and violent. There have been disturbances in 2002, and again in 2005 before 2008 exploded.



6 Responsesto “MDC-T sends SADC dossier on political violence”

  1. super mondo says:

    maybe if the west withdraws overseas aid to sadac countries who are responsible for not enforcing or insisting on reforms in zim there would be an immediate concensus to uphold their guarantee…

  2. Chimbwidos Warvets says:

    What a load of rubbish that a cabinet minister sends a dossier whose details are still very sketchy and largely raw information which needs processing before it is sent to the SADC region. I am beginning to have serious doubts whether Biti is a good lawyer if he can not first gather information which has no shadow of doubt that Didymus Mutasa was involved in the heartless killing of the 12-year old boy in Headlands. As it is, it is pure speculation that he was involved. Mutasa has a legitimate right to take Biti to the cleaners for defamation as what Biti has done tends to lower Mutas’s person in the eyes of other people or to expose Mutasa to ridicule or contempt or to cause other people to shun Mutasa. It is a tortious act which is a criminal offence that is punishable. Very soon, Didymus Mutasa will be smiling and laughing all the way to his bank when Biti pays him defamation charges for the harm he had deliberately caused to him.

    • Yepec says:

      Biti ‘s dossier does not say that Didymus Mutasa was instrumental for the tragic event but mentions that a boy whose father is a member of the MDC-T, was killed in a house due to polical violence. Then to it was added the other cases of political violence against MDC-T members. How can anybody be sued for such a dossier that does not point fingers at the culprit? Can you, yourself sue and win a case of a writer of a dossier like the one described above? It is high time you stopped this charade of partisan support and instead use your brain power.

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        Biti has categorically stated that Didymus Mutasa the killing of this child is linked to him and he can not deny it in a court of law. It is in black and white even if the dossier that has been sent to the SADC region does not state his involvement in the senseless and heartless killing of the unfortunate child. The fact that he said it to whomsoever is what matters and Mutasa can still take him to the cleaners as it is still a tortious act which is a criminal offence that is punishable. This is what I have read from the article above and Biti can not categorically deny the following statements that have been attributed to him.
        ‘The latest killing was that of 12 year-old Christpower Maisiri who died in a suspected arson attack in Headlands on Saturday. Biti claimed the house Christpower was sleeping in was fire-bombed by elements linked to the powerful ZANU PF Minister Didymus Mutasa. There is clear evidence that Biti accused Didymus Mutasa of involvement in the senseless killing of this child.

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        Biti has categorically stated that Didymus Mutasa was involved in the senseless killing of this child and consequently can not deny it in a court of law. It is in black and white even if the dossier that has been sent to the SADC region does not state his involvement in the senseless and heartless killing of the unfortunate child. The fact that he said it to whomsoever is what matters and Mutasa can still take him to the cleaners as it is still a tortious act which is a criminal offence that is punishable. This is what I have read from the article above and Biti can not categorically deny the following statements that have been attributed to him.
        ‘The latest killing was that of 12 year-old Christpower Maisiri who died in a suspected arson attack in Headlands on Saturday. Biti claimed the house Christpower was sleeping in was fire-bombed by elements linked to the powerful ZANU PF Minister Didymus Mutasa’. There is clear evidence that Biti accused Didymus Mutasa of involvement in the senseless killing of this child.

  3. wilbert_mukori says:

    MDC have gone to all this trouble of lying that there will be no repeat of 2008 and hiding the evidence of it happening already because they want the nation to
    vote yes and accept this Copac Constitution. They are desperate to see this
    happen because this constitution is the only thing the party can claim to have
    done in all its time in this GNU. MP Douglas Mwonzora, MDC rep on the drafting
    committee, has carried it around you would think he was Leonardo De Vinci
    carrying the Mona Lisa.

    Here are the advantages of a NO vote in the referendum:
    a) a no vote will throw away this Copac rubbish and a new democratic constitution will be written.

    b) A no vote will force the implementation of the reforms

    c) Elections will be delayed until a) and b) above are complete and then free and fair elections will then be held – with a free media, free of violence, etc. There will be no broken limbs and body bags for the first time ever since Zimbabwe became independent – guaranteed!

    d) Zimbabwe will have a truly democratic government accountable to be people and the difficult task of climbing out of the hell-hole Mugabe landed the nation can finally start in earnest.

    e) SADC and the international community who really did not want to see the violence of 2008 repeated will be glad to see the Zimbabwe crisis resolved and they will do their best to help the country get back on its feet.

    Disadvantages:

    a) MDC and MP Mwonzora will blush to see the rubbish Copac constitution rejected

    It is now boiling down to whether the people are smart enough to see the violence is not going to stop, they can see all the evidence of the violence everywhere with their own eyes; or they chose to accept the lies and empty assurances from MDC and follow the party blindly and vote yes in the referendum!

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