Agony for Mutoko villagers who attended MDC rally

HARARE - For a moment the colour green turned into a source of hope for about 200 people who pitched up for the Welshman Ncube’s rally at Mutoko Shopping Centre on Saturday.

Clad in green T-shirts and cap, the MDC supporters drew optimism from Ncube’s speech when he promised to take them to the promised land of milk and honey.

After the rally, some received green bicycles given to them by Ncube. Rival political parties could have turned green with envy at the atmosphere.

The next minute, that same colour green turned into a source of agony.

Ncube and his convoy of senior officials had just left the venue when another form of green took over-this time with bloody results.

Men in green army uniforms suddenly appeared and mayhem ensued as they brutally attacked anyone wearing any green outfit not resembling an army uniform.

Suddenly, the next minute the green which was a source of hope turned into a source of despair as another green descended upon the Mutoko Business Centre and brutally attacked MDC supporters.

The men, suspected to be from Mutoko’s 2.1 infantry battalion had been roaming around the venue of the rally in a truck during proceedings and descended on the hapless supporters as the meeting came to an end.

Business came to a standstill as shops were forced to close in fear as the soldiers went for MDC supporters.

Exhibiting a no-nonsense mood, the men went after the MDC supporters who had queued for food and started assaulting them.

The supporters, still in a joyous mood1 panicked and ran all over the business centre causing commotion. The bicycles were left behind in the commotion.

Party secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga said at least six MDC supporters were badly injured and had to be admitted at Mutoko Hospital.

 “It is so disgusting that we have such cowards who could not face the leaders and waited for us to leave. The next time we come to Mutoko we are spending the night under the trees.
“They should come for us if they have balls because we are the ones who invited the innocent villagers. So they should deal with us and stop intimidating villagers,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.

A woman supporter is missing, according to Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

Ironically, the attack came on the day when the world was celebrating World Peace Day.

It also came hardly a week after the fourth anniversary of the signing of the power-sharing Global Political Agreement which gave birth to the unity government and stipulated that the army should not be involved in politics and violence against civilians. - Lloyd Mbiba

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