MDC MP barred from own Constituency

Zaka, – Zaka North Member of Parliament (MP) Ernest Mudavanhu (MDC-T) failed to go to his constituency during the weekend after suspected Zanu (PF) youth threatened to beat him up

Mudavanhu who was supposed to hold various meetings on Saturday and Sunday, had to shelf his plans fearing for his safety.

“I had to call off the meetings following the threats from Zanu (PF) in my area. They (Zanu PF youth) phoned saying I was not supposed to enter the constituency. At first I did not take it seriously but later it turned to be a serious threat when several people including my mother phoned me and said it was highly risk for me to proceed with my plans to have meetings,” said Mudavanhu.

Other MPs from Zaka West and Central constituencies said although they were not yet barred from accessing their constituencies, they were worried about the high level of violence against MDC-T supporters.

Festus Dumbu (MP) for Zaka West said he had to run away on Saturday when the police in Triangle were instructed to arrest him for ‘no clear reason’.

“We also failed to hold a meeting in Zaka West during the weekend because the police were after me, they wanted to arrest me because Zanu (PF) District Coordinating Committee (DCC) in Chiredzi wanted me to get arrested,” said Dumbu.

Dumbu is planning a rally in Chipanza on Wednesday while Mudavanhu and Harrison Mudzuri said they will wait for the dust to settle before calling for any gathering in their constituencies.

Villagers from Zaka district told RadioVOP that they were being intimidated day and night by officials from Zanu (PF) who call them to meetings where they are forced to buy party cards.

However, Zanu (PF) provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke who also addressed rallies in ward 17 of Zaka during the weekend said no one was being forced to attend his rallies. He also labelled MDC-T MPs in the area as ‘cry babies’ who were losing support from the people.

“What do you expect from cry babies? They are no longer relevant, we are just having meetings with the people and we are not using any force to have meetings,” said Matuke.