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Injured Zimbabwe Opposition MDC-T Activists to Face Violence Charges

  • Gibbs Dube

Delma Amos Kaliyati

A Zimbabwean lawyer representing three members of the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai, who were injured when they were allegedly attacked by suspected Zanu PF activists, are expected to appear in court Tuesday to face charges of causing violence.

Douglas Mwonzowa, who is also the MDC-T secretary general, told VOA Studio 7 that Delma Amos Kaliati, Clara Panganai and Lucia Ruya are being charged under the dreaded Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

The case will be heard in Makoni, Chitungwiza, where the three were allegedly attacked.

Kaliati was released from hospital on Saturday after suffering severe injuries. Mwonzora claims that he suffered some of the injuries when police set dogs on him.

Police have not reacted to these allegations as Mwonzora wants some Zimbabwe Republic Police details to be charged for using dogs to arrest Kaliati.

The severely injured MDC-T activist, who is recovering from home, is said to have told MDC-T youth to resist attempts by suspected Zanu PF activists to have access to details of local people’s Biometric Voter Registration slips.

President Robert Mugabe’s party is allegedly demanding the slips in most parts of the country in an effort to scare people from voting for other parties in the crucial 2018 general elections.

Zanu PF has distanced itself from such activities saying they are being created by a cornered opposition party ahead of the polls.

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