- Last Updated on 04 May 2012
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In a move which laid bare the contradictions between President Robert Mugabe's calls for peace and the behaviour of his supporters on the ground, ZANU PF thugs, led by Roger Nyaungwa, burnt down the house of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Chairwoman for Makoni South Ward 26,Ms. Ethel Tichiwana in the early hours of 2 May 2012.
According to eye witness reports, the blaze, which destroyed property worth thousands of dollars, followed numerous threats by ZANU PF supporters against the chairwoman after a successful MDC meeting Tichiwana held at Chimbodi clinic at the end of April this year. The threats were made the day before the fire on the 1st of May and had not yet been reported to the police.
Tichiwana previously made reports at the Nyazura Police Station that the fence around her homestead had been cut by ZANU PF thugs. No arrests were made. The police's failure to promptly investigate the vandalism and to apprehend perpetrators resulted in the same thugs committing arson.
The calls for early elections by President Mugabe have led to an increase in cases harassment and intimidation of communities particularly in rural areas. Despite publicly denouncing violence and calling for peaceful co- existence, it seems President Mugabe has failed to put his words into action by disbanding ZANU PF militias in communities.