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Zimbabwe's Manicaland Remains Trouble Spot Despite Peace Deal


The Zimbabwean province of Manicaland remains a trouble spot despite the recently signed power-sharing agreement between the long-ruling ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe and the Movement for Democratic Change.

MDC sources in the province said Monday that suspected ZANU-PF militia in the Buhera South constituency on Sunday shot and wounded MDC activist Chido Maenzanise in the leg when he fled after being accosted alongside a local highway.

The MDC sources said Maenzanise was being treated at Murambinda General Hospital.

Buhera South lawmaker Naison Nemadziva of the MDC formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that Maenzenance fled because local residents no longer trust strangers in light of the political violence in April-June this year.

Also in Buhera South, police arrested 36 MDC members Friday for making noise celebrating the power-sharing deal. They remained in detention Monday at Muzokomba police station with lawyers trying to obtain their release, sources said.

Meanwhile, police in Mutare on Monday released 10 MDC activists from Mutare South constituency who were arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 16, for celebrating the deal. They each posted Z$500 bail and were due to appear in court on Dec. 3.

In the Midlands province capital of Gweru, meanwhile, leaders of the Tsvangirai MDC formation urged local party members to set aside past differences, accept former adversaries into the party and work with them to uplift the nation.

Correspondent Taurai Shava of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported...

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