MASVINGO – Zaka West MDC MP Festus Dumbu has dragged Zanu PF to the peace organ Jomic after he was attacked by rowdy party youths.
Dumbu said Zanu PF youths attacked him and deflated his car tyres while he was attending the burial of a colleague at Harare’s Warren Hills cemetery.
The youths were burying a party official from Mbare at the cemetary.
In a letter dated October 9 addressed to Jomic national coordinator Patience Chiradza, Dumbu demanded that action be taken to end such violence.
“I register my case of political violence perpetrated against me by Zanu PF activists on October 8, 2012 at Warren Hills Cemetery at around 1430hrs,” reads part of the letter.
Dumbu said he was worried at the level of violence against MDC officials at a time President Robert Mugabe is preaching peace.
Earlier that day, Mugabe had called on Zimbabweans to tolerate each other regardless of political affiliation when he addressed mourners at the burial of the late Higher and Tertiary Education minister Stan Mudenge.
Dumbu appealed to Jomic to take action against Zanu PF supporters he accused of boasting that nothing would happen to them as long as Mugabe is in power.
“While President Mugabe is moving around preaching peace, his party continues its usual terrorist attacks on members of other political parties, particularly those of the MDC. This is a serious case of political violence which leaves me severely worried by the level of insecurity and lawlessness prevailing in this country,” reads Dumbu’s letter.
Dumbu said he was attacked by the youths who were in a lorry and identified his Parliament car.
He said he reported the matter to the police at Warren Park Police Station but no arrests have been made.
Political parties and rights groups say incidents of political violence in the country are on the increase despite calls of peace by Mugabe and other government leaders.
Efforts to get a comment from Jomic national coordinator Chiradze were fruitless as she was unreachable.