MDC accuses Zanu-PF supporters of attack on 42 families

2013-08-05 16:11

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The Movement for Democratic Change has alleged that 42 families have been attacked by Zanu-PF supporters and have taken refuge in Harare.

“They were attacked by Zanu-PF supporters. They were evicted from their flats,” MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora told dpa by telephone from Harare today.

“We are aware of further retribution measures planned against MDC members, especially polling agents,” said Mwonzora, calling it an “extreme provocation” by the rival party, headed by President Robert Mugabe.

The official said the MDC was urging restraint.

Mugabe was declared the winner in the polls, securing 61% of ballots cast, compared with MDC candidate Morgan Tsvangirai’s 34%.

Zanu-PF also secured 152 of 210 seats in parliament, giving it a two-thirds majority able to change the Constitution.

Following the 2008 polls, MDC supporters were attacked in a nationwide campaign of violence that left 200 people dead.

While African Union election observers deemed this year’s poll free and fair, Western nations have criticised it as not representing the will of the people.

The United States called it a “deeply flawed process,” while Australia has urged fresh polls.

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