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Zim's MDC activist murdered

2009-09-08 12:33

Harare - A member of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party has been beaten to death by soldiers for playing a song praising the premier, his Movement for Democratic Change said on Tuesday.

Godknows Dzoro Mtshakazi was killed on August 30 in Shurugwi, 355 kilometres (220 miles) southwest of the capital Harare, the MDC said.

"Mtshakazi was drinking beer with some friends on the fateful night when soldiers based at a nearby military base came and started questioning them on why they were playing a popular MDC album called 'Nharembozha' (Cellphone)," the party said in a statement.

The soldiers beat up people in the bar accusing them of "fanning hatred in the community", the MDC said.

Police say the case is under investigation.

More than six months after forming a unity government with long-ruling President Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai's MDC says its supporters are still being harassed by police, despite guarantees of political freedoms in the unity accord.

The MDC said a report was made to the police, naming the soldiers involved in the attack.

In August, MDC lawmaker Stewart Garadhi was detained for hours by police for playing "Cellphone".