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MDC Members Abducted After Speaking At Constitutional Outreach Meetings


There have been widespread reports of intimidation and harassment in Manicaland province, allegedly by liberation war veterans loyal to President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and state security agents

The Movement for Democratic Change formation of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Monday that four of its supporters in Manicaland province were abducted by state security agents late in the day, charging that the seizure of the activists was in response to statements they made in constitutional revision outreach sessions.

Party officials said the four had advocated dual citizenship for Zimbabwean emigrés and title deeds for land.

Makoni South Member of Parliament Pishayi Muchauraya, Manicaland spokesman for the Tsvangirai MDC formation, said the four - Joseph Chikware, Tinashe Chikware, Stanley Kuretu and Wilson Kuretu – were picked up from their homes by the security agents and taken to an unknown location.

There have been widespread reports of intimidation and harassment in Manicaland province, allegedly by liberation war veterans loyal to President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and state security agents.

Muchauraya told VOA reporter Patience Rusere that a ZANU-PF provincial party officer was among the people who kidnapped the four MDC members.

Sources in the parliamentary select committee for constitutional revision said the outreach process was otherwise without incident on Monday.

Select Committee Co-Chairperson Gladys Gombani Dube said members of the public in Matabeleland South province raised the issue of devolution or decentralization of government as a main local concern.

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