Spate of violence and thuggery must be stopped

Remains of the Duriro Bar after the arson attack

The MDC is deeply disturbed and concerned about the recent spate of thuggery and banditry taking place in and around the country, particularly in the capital city, Harare.

Only last week, an Isuzu pick-up truck belonging to the MDC Youth Assembly was torched at a car park in Kuwadzana by suspected Zanu PF thugs. As if this was not enough evidence of Zanu PF–inspired thuggery and violence, on Tuesday night, July 18, 2017, Vice President Elias Mudzuri’s Dandaro bar in Harare was set alight by arsonists whom we strongly suspect to be Zanu PF thugs. On the same night, Councilor Janjazi’s house in Kuwadzana was also attacked and torched by armed thugs and arsonists.

No rocket science is needed to conclude that these savage and thuggish criminal activities are orchestrated by Zanu PF thugs and agents as the country approaches the make or break 2018 elections. The Zanu PF regime is cornered, deeply fractured, incorrigibly factionalised and crumbling. The regime is facing a crushing and humiliating defeat at next year’s elections.

In typical Zanu PF fashion, the regime has resorted to its default mode of violence, thuggery and banditry. The armed men and arsonists who attacked VP Mudzuri’s bar and vandalised Cllr. Janjazi’s house in Kuwadzana are, without a shadow of doubt, State agents. These thugs threatened residents at a nearby car park in Kuwadzana before proceeding to embark on their orgy of arson and bandtry. It is through the grace of God that no one was injured or killed as these ruthless thugs embarked on their senseless spree of State – sponsored savagery.

The MDC is a peace–loving and law–abiding social democratic political party. In the face of immense provocation and wanton criminal attacks by Zanu PF hoodlums and thugs, our party has remained disciplined and focused. We have resolutely resisted the temptation to fight violence with violence, thuggery with thuggery.

But then, the crumbling and faction–infested Zanu PF regime shouldn’t take our discipline and focus as a sign of weakness. Far from it! There will come a time when peace–loving citizens of Zimbabwe shall be left with no other viable alternative but to defend themselves from the orgy of banditry and thuggery that is being perpetrated by Zanu PF thugs. After all, in the field of criminal law, there is a principle that is called the defence of self–defence.

We call upon the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and all other law enforcement agents, to thoroughly investigate the incidents of arson and banditry that have recently taken place in Harare. Perpetrators of these heinous acts of criminality should be promptly arrested and arraigned before the courts of justice. Zimbabweans deserve to participate in a free and fair election next year and the last thing that the nation wants at this stage is the complete breakdown of law and order.

MDC: Equal Opportunities For All
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson

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Zanu PF’s parallel voter registration scam exposed

Ms Dorking ready to drive out to Manicaland to carry out an illicit voter registration exercise yesterday

We have been tracking a clandestine voter registration scam by Zanu PF using Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede’s office outside and ahead of the legal voter registration process by ZEC, now legally mandated to carry out such exercises.

Only yesterday morning, two buses from the Registrar-General’s Office with registration numbers ABT-2419 and AEF-7111 left the RG’s Makombe Offices along Harare’s Leopold Takawira Street at exactly 1113hrs headed for Noah Taguta’s church shrine in Marange, Mutare West, where insiders said an illicit voter registration exercise for Zanu PF supporters in Manicaland was scheduled to kick off today.

Under the arrangement, all Zanu PF districts in Manicaland would surreptitiously bus their members to Taguta’s shrine for the voter registration exercise, disguised as a birth registration process. The team is headed by a Ms Dorkins, a senior registry official believed to be related to President Robert Mugabe through her mother. She left the Makombe offices ahead of the two buses aboard an Isuzu truck registration number ABW-1445. Ms Dorkins will reportedly lead the team of registry officials in Marange for the next 14 days. Each of the members in the team would reportedly receive allowances of US$50 a day.

While debate rages over the contentious BVR exercise and ZEC’s decision to prejudice the MDC by earmarking fewer registration centres in the urban areas, perceived to be opposition strongholds, it has emerged that Zanu PF has already clandestinely begun its own parallel voter registration exercise.

Registry buses before driving out to Manicaland yesterdayIt was unclear yesterday how Zanu PF would reconcile its current voter registration exercise with the impending ZEC process, amid suspicion the party was carrying out a biometric membership registration exercise for its members, later to be exported to the national roll when the ZEC process commences.

Officials close to the development say a similar exercise was recently held in Tsholotsho.

Our investigating team was briefed of how in the last election in 2013, the 144 District Registrars from all the country’s 144 districts were accommodated in hotels in a well-planned scam to clandestinely register voters, including issuing uncollected national ID cards to Mozambicans, who were paid US$20 each and were allowed to use voter registration slips on voting day.

As we brace for the watershed elections in 2018, Zanu PF is at it again. The leopard has remained faithful to its spots. On our part, we are urging all Zimbabweans to turn out in large numbers when the voter registration procession kicks off.

We urge every eligible Zimbabwean to register and turn out to express themselves in the ballot box. We shall remain vigilant and while the party deals with these and other shenanigans, Zimbabweans should brace to overwhelm this corrupt system by registering in their millions and to express themselves in a massive way on voting day.

Rigging has its limits and the fact that we are being constantly briefed means that even those Zimbabweans being abused by the system are now tired of serving this inept, corrupt and incompetent regime.

A new Zimbabwe is imminent.

Luke Tamborinyoka
Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications
Movement for Democratic Change

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