22 August 2011
Soldiers are reported to have set alight two houses belonging to an MDC-T official in Hurungwe, after allegedly confronting him for organising a party rally in the area.
The Standard newspaper reports that MDC-T Hurungwe district organising secretary, Edmore Chinanzvavana, has said soldiers were behind the arson attack on his property.
Chinanzvavana said they accused him of organising a rally that was addressed by the chairperson of the MDC-T’s women’s assembly, Theresa Makone, and executive member Jessie Majome.
“When we arrived at my homestead at Magunje Growth Point from the rally at Mudzimu Township we were threatened by soldiers and some ZANU PF activists,” Chinanzvavana said.
“The houses were already on fire,” he explained. “Everything was burnt in the house including a welding machine, grinding machine, fishing rods, two tonnes of maize, six bags of fertliser, door frames and a table.”
The newspaper also said that a senior army officer reportedly threatened MDC-T Hurungwe district secretary Tonderai Kusemamuriwo with unspecified action for organising the rally.
“The senior army officer threatened me saying I should not lead MDC-T activities within a 2km radius of the 2.3 Infantry barracks,” he said.
MDC-T members continue to be harassed by the security sector, despite calls for it to stop. Local civic society groups and international groups like Amnesty International have joined the MDC-T in condemning the army and police brutality on political activists.