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Aide to Zimbabwe Finance Minister Biti Allegedly Beaten by Army Soldiers


The formation of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Monday that an aide to Finance Minister Tendai Biti, secretary general of the dominant MDC grouping, was attacked and seriously injured Saturday at the minister’s residence, leaving him hospitalized.

MDC sources said Howard Makonza was attacked by soldiers guarding the nearby residence of Lt. Gen. Philip Sibanda, commander of the army. The MDC said it was concerned by the assault as it closely followed Biti’s receipt recently of a bullet in the mail.

The MDC said it reported the attack to the Zimbabwe Republic Police, but police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said he was not aware of any such complaint.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told reporter Sandra Nyaira of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that a party investigation has been opened to find out what happened.

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