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Violence Forces Headlands MDC-T Activists to Flee Homes

The Maisiri family claims that it has been a target of political violence since 2000
Five families in Headlands, Manicaland Province, say they have fled their homes following what they claim was continued harassment and intimidation by suspected state security agents and Zanu-PF supporters.

The families support Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change formation, including Shepherd Maisiri, whose 12-year old son, Christpower, lost his life recently in a suspected politically-motivated arson case in the area.

Maisiri and his family have been targets of political violence since 2000.

No-one has been arrested in the case but last week police picked up an MDC T member, Samson Magumura, on allegations he petrol-bombed Zanu-PF member William Chapepa’s homestead.

Magumura appeared before a Rusape magistrate Tuesday. He was remanded in custody until April 5th.

MDC-T provincial chairman, Pishai Muchauraya, told VOA that top Zanu-PF Politiburo member Didymus Mutasa was allegedly the architect of the political violence affecting people in the area.
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Mr. Mutasa was not immediately rechable for comment.