Zanu PF: MDC started violence

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The party of Zimbabwe's authoritarian president says their opponents' supporters are responsible for a recent spate of politically motivated violence.

Scores of families were displaced from their homes near the capital of Harare when violence surged in January.

The nation’s sole broadcaster, which is controlled by loyalists of President Robert Mugabe, on Wednesday cited top Mugabe officials who denied their supporters started any violence. They say supporters of the former opposition leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, are to blame.

Police cited nine alleged cases of violence by Tsvangirai’s party since Jan. 6.

But witnesses say Mugabe loyalists in party regalia chanted party slogans and led looting of a flea market and other recent clashes.