Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai says Tuesdays have become days of horror for him because of the stories he hears from victims of violence.
“It has reached a stage where I also have to seek traumatic treatment and counselling after listening to these horrendous narrations,” he told the party publication, The Real Change Times, which was re-launched on Friday.
“It takes a brave people to live with such brutal experiences in their minds, with the children they conceived after they were raped and the diseases they contracted remaining as permanent scars and painful reminders of this dark epoch in the history of our country.”
Tsvangirai said some women who had been gang-raped were over 60 and accused First Lady Grace Mugabe of sparking the latest wave of violence at her rally in Mashonaland Central..
“At any other moment; we would have taken this as the mere rantings of a power-hungry queen coveting her husband’s throne! But the stakes in the succession battle are high and given the violence that took place in this country, particularly in 2008, we should take this ambitious woman and the ZANU-PF’s disruption of our lawful gatherings seriously,” he said.
“Mind you, we have a 91-year-old President now so old he is given to mixing his lines and reading old speeches. We have a party in government where everyone is at each other’s throat. Added to all this madness are the dangerous and unconstitutional statements coming from the likes of one Brigadier-General Ancelem Sanyatwe that the army will destroy opposition parties. Given this context, any threat of violence can only be ignored at the nation’s peril.”