Harare - Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has claimed that four houses belonging to its supporters were torched after they (MDC loyalists) refused to attend a Zanu-PF one-million man match held in honour of President Robert Mugabe million man march on Wednesday.
According to NewsDay, the MDC claimed that the grass-thatched houses belonged to its supporters in Zhombe, Midlands province. The houses were razed after they refused to be coerced into participating in the march.
Confirming the reports, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said that the ruling party was a party of thugs who would do anything to stay in power.
"It’s true that some villagers in Zhombe were victimised for not attending the puerile Zanu PF march. In fact, we have received reports to the effect that some houses belonging to MDC supporters in Zhombe were burnt down by Zanu PF thugs," Gutu was quoted saying.
Several thousands of Zimbabweans joined in the march that went through the capital Harare in support of Mugabe, 92.
Speaking at the march, the veteran leader reportedly claimed to have insisted that there must be no violence before the march.
"One thing I insisted on during the preparations for this day was that there should be no violence," New Zimbabwe quoted Mugabe as saying.