Election Terror Masters Plead For Protection

BUHERA – The people who were leading in the victimization of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) supporters towards the last June Presidential run off-elections in Buhera under Chief Nyashanu are pleading with their respective traditional leaders to be given protection as MDC-T supporters are insisting that they want to revenge.\r\n

Headmen Josiah Mabvuregudo in Ward 17 of Buhera Central Constituency under Chief Nyashanu confirmed: "These people come to my home wanting to know what I will do in case they are assaulted by the MDC-T supporters who are swearing that they will not rest unless they revenge. I used to tell these people to go back and wait so that they see if the MDC-T supporters meant what they said,".

"One of the people who came …was beaten seriously last week. Now I am referring all the issues to my boss who is Chief Nyashanu," said Mabvuregudo.

Mabvuregudo said he informed the police at Sanga Police Camp to assist in limiting cases of violence in his area.

"Since this issue involves violence, we have since informed the police to be alert. As a leader, I am worried because the tension between ZANU PF and MDC-T supporters in my area is increasing instead of going down," he said.

It is reported that some people have already fled to towns to skip potential punishment by MDC-T supporters.

The situation is not unique to Buhera as Member of Parliament for Gutu North Edmore Maramwidze Hamandishe said he was also facing similar circumstances in his area.

“I think something should be done to cool down the emotions of people who were victimized in last year’s elections. Currently, no justice has been done and if the government fails to do justice on behalf of the people, then the people will take the law in to their hands,” said Hamandishe.

Thomas Matema an MDC-T supporter said the inclusive government was taking too long to help the victims of political violence. He also said people should be arrested for failing to pay back whatever they looted during or towards last year’s election.

However, MDC-T president and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai recently told thousands of party supporters that victims of political violence were going to be compensated.

President Robert Mugabe early this year swore in three ministers of National Healing.

Zimbabwe, which was urged to undergo a national healing process, drew three new ministers from both Zanu-PF and the MDC.

The Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration has reportedly begun work on the establishment of a mechanism for national healing and reconciliation to create a new environment and to remove tensions in society.

The organ, chaired by the John Nkomo, includes Ministers of State Mrs Sekai Holland and Mr Gibson Sibanda, and was established in the Office of The President under the Global Political Agreement.

Calls have been raised for the removal of John Nkomo as chairman of the Organ following the shooting of a man by his bodyguard in a farm invasion power struggle.

In an interview with the Zbc in Harare recently, the underfire ZANU PF Chairman said the group is on a mission to meet and consult various sections of Zimbabwean society and come up with the best way of conducting the healing and reconciliation process.

He said the organ has already held consultations with some groups such as traditional leaders, donors, women’s groups, students, civil society, trade unions, churches, and is going ahead with the meetings that should see traditional healers, spirit mediums and other groups making their contributions to enrich the process and give the mechanism a true Zimbabwean character.

The three ministers of state in the reconciliation organ said the healing and reconciliation process will go beyond the lifespan of the inclusive government and will come up with institutions and regulations governing the healing process.