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Zimbabwe's Manicaland Province Latest Hot Spot For Political Violence

Reports of political violence continued to emerge this week from around Zimbabwe as the country headed towards a high-stakes presidential run-off on June 27.

Sources in Buhera South constituency in Manicaland province said militia of the ruling ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe, led by prominent war veteran Joseph Chinotimba, beat villagers at the Jori business center there on Saturday.

Some victims in Buhera South fled their homes and sought refuge at the offices of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party in Mutare, Manicaland's capital.

Sources in the constituency said militia torture bases have been re-established at the Jori and Mutiusinazita business centers.

A source in Mashonaland East province said suspected state agents on Sunday night shot and injured four opposition activists in the town of Mudzi.

The sources said the four were ambushed on their way to Kotwa from Nyamapanda. ZANU-PF said two of its members were shot dead in the area on the weekend.

Mashonaland East MDC Organizing Secretary Piniel Denga told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the party is having difficulty transporting the injured to hospitals as the area is "no-go" at present.

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