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Unknown Arsonists Set MDC-T Vehicle on Fire

  • VOA Staff

Nelson Chamisa inspecting a vehicle belonging to his party set on fire by unknown arsonists.

A vehicle belonging to the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai was set on fire on Wednesday evening in Harare’s Kuwadzana suburb following public protests by party youth demanding that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should hold free and fair elections in 2018.

MDC-T lawmaker for Kuwadzana, Nelson Chamisa, told VOA Studio 7 the torching of the vehicle is an indication that there are people in Zimbabwe who want to engage in violence ahead of the council, parliamentary and presidential elections.

Police were not available for comment amid reports that the suspects were members of the ruling Zanu PF party, who vowed last year that they would stop any anti-government protests.

There was also no reaction from President Robert Mugabe's party.

About five youth were arrested soon after the protest in Harare and indications are that they will be brought before the courts within the next few hours.

Zimbabwe is set to hold a crucial general election in 2018 in which the ruling party will field President Mugabe, who will be 94 at that time.

ZEC is working hand in hand with a Chinese company to register voters in the country's voters' roll.

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