Mai Elizabeth Tsvangirai yesterday donated foodstuff worth thousands of dollars to the families of 31 MDC members who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer.
The goods were donated at the party headquarters, Harvest House.
Presenting the food stuffs which included maize meal, flour, rice, dried fish, cooking oil and other accessories, Mai Tsvangirai urged the families of those in remand prison not to lose heart. “God will have an answer to all what is happening and you should note that you are all not alone,” she said quoting Bible verses of Proverbs 31 vs 10 and Psalm 46.
Mai Tsvangirai said she was happy to learn that when she visited those in prison early this month she got comforted in learning that they were holding prayers every day. “Therefore, I urge you to support them in prayer and God will create a way,” she said.
Some of the accused Glen View 31 have been in remand prison for over 17 months as they have been denied bail on several occasions. Among those in remand prison is the Youth Assembly President, Solomon Madzore.
The MDC Deputy Treasurer General, Hon. Elton Mangoma said the incarceration of the MDC members was nothing but political and a true reflection of the evil nature of Zanu PF party. “That is why the 31 were arrested. What law is there? That people are arrested and denied bail yet we have a case in Shamva were police officers killed people but are walking scot-free. The message that Zanu PF is sending is that it is running scared because of its past actions,” said Hon. Mangoma.
Hon. Nelson Chamisa, the organising secretary said the arrests of the 31 members had not only affected the party but had seriously dislocated family structures. “Arrests have no time or warning especially in this time where we have a dictatorship. As a party, our position is that the accused have not committed any crime. As a party we respect peace and justice that is why President Tsvangirai released doves as a sign of peace during the 13th Anniversary celebrations in Bulawayo. As a result we want to thank Amai for leading us in this humanitarian programme,” said Hon. Chamisa.
The event was attended by senior MDC officials who included the deputy national chairperson, Hon. Morgen Komichi, national spokesperson, Hon. Douglas Mwonzora, Deputy Youth President Costa Machingauta, national executive members, Hon. Paurina Mpariwa, Hon. Lucia Matibenga, Dube Munkombwe, Clifford Hlatywayo, Mpumelelo Ndlovu, Virginia Muradzikwa and the Harare provincial leadership led by Hon. Paul Madzore.
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