Zimbabwe: Leaked memo says opposition crackdown set for Matabeleland

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
28 April 2008

A crackdown on opposition activists primarily targeting Mashonaland, Masvingo and Manicaland areas will soon be extended to Matabeleland, opposition sources suggest. Although there have been cases of political violence in Matabeleland areas like Nkayi, Newsreel understands the International Trade Fair that ended over the weekend in Bulawayo was the prime reason for state security details holding back in other areas. Leaked documents suggest military, militia and police details will begin operations after May 1 and will be targeting MDC activists in terror campaigns.

According to a leaked Zanu PF memo that ended up in the hands of a villager in the area, the Matobo district in Matabeleland South will be targeted first. He has since forwarded it to the opposition. Details of the terror campaign coincide with war veterans chairman Jabulani Sibanda moving from Harare to his traditional Bulawayo base last week Thursday. Mugabe’s regime rewarded the war vets leader with a plush home and 4×4 vehicle for his use in the capital. While in Harare, Sibanda allegedly axed an MDC supporter in the head during one of the campaigns he directed. The wounded activist was one of [continue reading]

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