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Friday, September 11, 2009

MDC member murdered for playing a song

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) revealed today that a member of their party was beaten to death for playing a song that praises Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Godknows Dzoro Mtshakazi was killed on August 30 in Shurugwi, Midlands Province, the MDC said.

The party said in a statement, "Mtshakazi was drinking beer with some friends on the fateful night when soldiers based at a nearby military base came and started questioning them on why they were playing a popular MDC album called 'Nharembozha' (Cellphone)."

The soldiers accused people of "fanning hatred in the community" and beat people up, the MDC said.

It has been reported by The Zimbabwe Times that a family spokesman said Godknows was tortured to death by the four soldiers. He said the deceased was burnt with plastic paper and had his dreadlocks cut and burnt.

Other revellers sustained severe injuries and had to seek medical treatment at the nearby Shurugwi Hospital.

The MDC confirmed that its supporters are still being harassed by police, despite guarantees of political freedoms in the unity accord, which was formed more than 6 months ago.

A report was made to the police, naming the soldiers involved in the attack, the MDC said.

The police claim that the case is still under investigation.

Mtshakazi is now the third MDC activist said to have been beaten to death in the space of a month following renewed political violence attacks on party activists since the violent election period in June last year.

It is further reported that a post-mortem was carried out in Bulawayo but the family was denied access to the report.

Mtshakazi, a father of three, was buried last Friday at Mufiri Village.


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