Zimbabwe: Wave of new violence erupts in Chimanimani district

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
17 August 2010

A new wave of violence erupted in Chimanimani district on Sunday when some ZANU PF militias armed with machetes, sticks and stones attacked MDC activists at Bvumbura village.

Gun shots were also heard in the area but reports suggest there were warning shots fired into the air by the militias to frighten some of the villagers from confronting them.

Eyewitnesses say that violence began when a militia, accompanied by known ZANU PF activists, attacked homes belonging to several MDC activists.

MDC spokesman for Manicaland province, Pishai Muchauraya, told us the militias destroyed property worth thousands of dollars. Some of the property destroyed included satellite dishes and solar panels.

However, when the home-owners tried to drive the militias away from the area shots were allegedly fired into the air to scare them. But this decision by the home owners to try and [continue reading]

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