17 Zanu PF MPs must be tried for murder and violence – MDC

Harare – The Movement for Democratic Change has accused the police and the attorney-general’s office of failing to press murder and violence charges against 17 Zanu PF members of parliament.

The charges arise from violence committed in the election period last year, the party said.

In its latest publication, The Changing Times, MDC-T accused the law enforcement authorities of persecuting ‘innocent’ officials of the party while ignoring serious crimes committed by Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe and his senior officials.

MDC-T said it had evidence that the Zanu PF officials had committed the offences.

The party did not name the officials. However, human rights groups have named Murehwa MP David Parirenyatwa among the perpetrators of some of the worst cases of violence last year.

The accusation is among a number of charges the MDC has used to ‘disengage’ from further involvement with Mugabe in the transitional government also known as the government of national unity.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday said the MDC was withdrawing from further government business with Mugabe until the despot fulfilled the terms of the inter-party agreement signed in 2008.

Meanwhile the MDC-T has accused notorious Masvingo-based army hood Major General Engelbert Rugeje of drawing a pistol and threatening to shoot one of its MPs, Tichaona Chiminya.

The party said the MP met Rugeje at the Chevron Hotel in Masvingo at the weekend, where the soldier queried why Chiminya had not saluted him.

Rugeje is then said to have pulled out his pistol and threatened to shoot him. Zimeye