WASHINGTON DC —
Suspected Zanu PF supporters have allegedly burnt to ashes the homestead of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Masvingo youth chairman, Phillip Chingini, as cases of violence rise in Zimbabwe.
Chingini told Studio 7 that his three-bedroomed house was razed to the ground and property worth $9,000 was burnt to ashes.
Chingini said he was accused of mobilizing MDC supporters to attend a party demonstration led by Morgan Tsvangirai in Masvingo city early this month.
“This happened two days ago and some hooligans came to my place where my daughter was sleeping alone at around eleven in the evening. They knocked and tried to open the door and failed they torched the house. My daughter later fled. I lost nearly everything.”
Chingini said he has made a police report to the police.
MDC-T provincial leader Muranganwa Chanyau said there has been an increase in the number of cases of political violence against members of his party.
“We are strongly convinced that it is the Zanu PF culture of perpetrating violence and our youth chairman’s house was torched by them. We are saying the police must arrest the culprits.”
Zanu PF provincial chairman, Amasa Nenjana, dismissed accusations that his party is responsible for torching the MDC-T member’s homestead.
“We are not in any way responsible. Zanu PF is a serious party and we don’t have time to waste engaging in violence against people of little significance like that guy.”
Masvingo police declined to comment and referred all the questions to the police headquarters.