MDC activist dies after assault at outreach meeting

The MDC Today
Wednesday, 22 September 2010

An MDC activist, Chrispen Mandizvidza, 32, who was severely assaulted by Zanu PF supporters during a Copac outreach meeting at Mai Musodzi Hall in Mbare, Harare on Sunday, has died. Mandizvidza passed away at the Avenues Clinic after succumbing to injuries he sustained during the attack. Ten other MDC activists are admitted in hospital after they were attacked on Sunday at Mai Musodzi.

Meanwhile, the MDC leadership met today to review the latest developments on the work of the Parliament – led Constitutional outreach programme, which was scheduled to end in Harare, Bulawayo and Chitungwiza last weekend.

Speaking at a press conference at the MDC headquarters, Harvest House in Harare today, President Morgan Tsvangirai said after considering all the evidence from the Copac teams and from independent monitors and observers from the civil society, the MDC leadership noted with concern the reported loss of life, disruptions and the violence which marred the process. “We have noted with concern the militarization of the process, interfering with a purely civilian process. Reports from all over the country show the heavy involvement of the military in the process. “In rural areas, ordinary people are under siege from similar cases of military meddling,” said President Tsvangirai.

He said military and State agents’ involvement in Copac disruptions must be investigated and the three political principals must meet urgently to map the way forward. “So messy was the process that it rendered the hearings unnecessary and out of step with the slightest meaning of what could possibly be regarded as a people – driven Constitution-making process.

Earlier in the day President Tsvangirai who is also Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, commissioned the state-of-the art digital recording equipment at Parliament. The equipment worth US$500 000 was donated by the United States Agency for Development (USAID). The equipment consists of 211 microphones, loudspeakers and headphones in both the Senate and the House of Assembly, microphones and servers in the six committee rooms, recording software, PC’s and monitors for use by Hansard reporters.

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MDC Information & Publicity Department
Harvest House