On 2 July 2006, Trudy Stevenson, an MDC white member of parliament, was brutally assaulted by youths loyal to Morgan Tsvangirai's faction of the MDC. The international community barely noticed, but some MDC members took special umbrage, which lends weight to David Coltart's concerns (see preceding article). Violence, which violence? This report was first published by the website, newzimbabwe.com.
Morgan Tsvangirai, the founding leader of Zimbabwe's feuding main opposition party, said he had set up an "independent" enquiry to look into a brutal attack on Harare North MP, Trudy Stevenson, which has been blamed on his supporters. Stevenson was targeted with four other officials of a rival MDC faction led by Professor Arthur Mutambara in the poor suburb of Mabvuku. She was later hospitalised with machete wounds to her head and a broken arm and wrist.
"They were calling my name 'Trudy, Trudy, get out [of the car]!'," she said from her hospital bed. "They wanted me. They wanted to kill me." One of Tsvangirai's top officials, Tendai Biti, said a commission of enquiry on the matter had been set up, headed by a top Harare advocate. Biti, secretary general of Tsvangirai's faction, said: "Whilst we condemn the attack which we dismiss as barbaric, we equally condemn the attempt to convict" other persons and political parties without any due process.
"In a bid to establish the truth, we have set up an independent internal enquiry chaired by Advocate Happias Zhou. The team also consists of two prominent lawyers, Irene Petras of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, and Kay Ncube of Gill Godlonton and Gerrans, while Kudakwashe Matibiri is the secretary.
"We hope and trust that the commission, which begins its work with immediate effect, shall work with speed and...