Chitungwiza woman attacked for supporting MDC

A Chitungwiza woman, Erika Tsodzo was on the 9th of April 2010 attacked by three known ZANU PF youths for supporting the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Reports received by The Catalyst are that on the evening of the 9th of April, Tsodzo was on her way to her home in Unit L, Chitungwiza from an MDC meeting in Unit M when three ZANU PF youths, one of them referred to as 'Mind' hailed insults at her and demanded that she never visits Chigumba suburb (also in Chitungwiza and owned by former Zengeza ZANU PF Member of Parliament (MP), Christopher Chigumba) because of her political affiliation. Tsodzo ignored the three and continued on her way infuriating the youths who went ahead to beat her using clenched fists. One of the youths attempted to stab Tsodzo on the hand but failed and instead bit her above her left eye.

Tsodzo reported the matter to the Chitungwiza police who are allegedly still conducting investigations into her attack.

Harassment and eviction of farm workers on the increase

Zimbabwe has witnessed an increase in cases of harassment and eviction of farm workers particularly in the Mashonaland West province, according to the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ).

GAPWUZ Provincial Organizer for Mashonaland West Mrs. Nyachowe reported that on the 26th of March 2010 at Up Roams Farm in Chinhoyi owned by a Mr. Mpofu, the Workers' Committee Secretary General, Mr. Pardon Chiwara was assaulted and evicted together with his family for representing workers' grievances. Members of the army, who were allegedly bused from One Brigade in Bulawayo are purportedly stationed at the farm where they are intimidating workers to quell any dissent. The matter was reported to the Chinhoyi police but nothing was done about it.

Mrs. Nyachowe also reported that at Nyamatawa farm owned by war veteran, Mr. Tsvaku Murozvi, the GAPWUZ secretariat, was denied access to the farm where they intended to convene a meeting with farm workers. The purpose of the meeting was to create room for the workers to air their grievances and map a way forward to end the troubles they are facing at the farm .The workers were barred from attending the meetings organized by GAPWUZ.

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