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Zimbabwe Political Violence Continues Despite Opposition Election Boycott


Political violence continued around Zimbabwe on Tuesday in the wake of the announcement by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai that he would not be a candidate in the presidential run-off election that the government of President Robert Mugabe appeared determined to go ahead with regardless.

Sources in Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change said a group of about 10 soldiers bearing arms attacked the rural home of MDC Organizing Secretary Elias Mudzuri, who is a member of parliament-elect, beating his 80-year-old father and other family members.

Seven people were taken to a Harare hospital for treatment following the episode.

The sources said the soldiers burned a truck and looted property seizing some Z$75 billion in cash. They said it was the second attack on Mudzuri’s rural homestead in two weeks.

His younger brother, Anthony Mudzuri, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the soldiers fired more than 50 shots, wounding a young boy.

Elsewhere, opposition spokesman Pishai Muchauraya of Manicaland province said ZANU-PF militia abducted 32 people in the province on Tuesday alone.

Muchauraya said five ZANU-PF activists raped a woman from the Mutare Central constituency in the presence of her husband before abducting both of them.

A source in Chiredzi, Masvingo province, said suspected security agents shot and killed four opposition youths and seriously injured another on Monday.

A VOA listener in Mhondoro, Mashonaland West province, said opposition supporters were being woken up at dawn and thrown into rivers for their political affiliation. A listener named Chamunorwa said he fears for their lives as some of the rivers are crocodile infested.

A listener in Banket, also on Mashonaland West, said thousands of people from farms in the area were forced onto tractors to attend a ruling party rally held in the area Tuesday.

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