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President Morgan Tsvangirai today went ahead with a tour of Mabvuku and Tafara, defying Zanu PF thugs who went on an orgy of violence, mounting roadblocks and assaulting and injuring two senior MDC officials with stones and logs.

President Tsvangirai, who was accompanied by deputy mayor Thomas Muzuva and Harare city councillors, was in Mabvuku and Tafara to assess council’s service delivery in the area. President Tsvangirai defied Zanu PF thugs who mounted a roadblock at the Mabvuku turn-off along the Harare – Mutare highway and found his way into Mabvuku. Upon seeing him enter Mabvuku, the Zanu PF thugs shouted “Gamatox” and sent several cars to follow him into Mabvuku and Tafara.

The MDC leader went to Mabvuku police station and told the police to ensure that they elected their constitutional mandate to maintain law and order. He told the police that he would not be intimidated by anyone from assessing service delivery in Harare. The MDC, he said, controlled the Harare City council and it was within his rights to assess how far the council controlled by the party he leads is delivering services to the people.

The Zanu PF youths, who continued to follow the MDC leader’s convoy, attacked and brutally assaulted former councillor Peter Marange and current ward 21 councillor, Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi.

State security agents and Zanu PF officials in a car labelled “Zanu PF Harare province” were co-ordinating the violence.

President Tsvangirai proceeded to tour several boreholes sunk by the Harare City council to alleviate the water problems in Harare. He also visited the Tonderai Ndira housing co-operative stands in the area as well as the vending stalls allocated at Kamunhu shopping centre.

Deputy mayor Muzuva told the MDC leader that boreholes were a short term measure but council was finalizing talks with a South African company that would replace the aged water pipes and ensure reliable water supply in the area.

Speaking after the tour, President Tsvangirai said it was unfortunate that Zanu PF was abusing unemployed youths to engage in violence instead of focusing on creating the employment for the very same youths. He said it was embarrassing for the SADC and AU chairperson to be leading a party that believed in violence in this brave 21st century. He said no amount of violence would stop him from visiting any part of the country and he would continue with his programmes to interact with Zimbabweans and hear the problems they were facing every day.

Luke Tamborinyoka

Presidential spokesperson

Movement for Democratic Change

Source : Movement for Democratic Change