Arson attack kills Zimbabwe candidate’s son

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ZIMBABWE’S Movement for Democratic Change yesterday said an arson attack on the home of an election candidate in eastern Zimbabwe killed the politician’s 12-year-old son.

The attack was one of 120 incidents of violence recorded so far this year, said the third-ranked MDC official, finance minister Tendai Biti.

Mr Biti said his party was “enraged at the increase in politically motived violence throughout the country” that he blamed on a faction of president Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF party.

Mr Biti accused Mugabe’s party of attempting to once again instill fear in the electorate. “ZANU PF intends to harvest fear in the 2013 elections,” he said.

Voters go to the polls on 16 March in a referendum on a new constitution, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled around July to end the coalition brokered by regional mediators after the troubled 2008 vote.

No arrests have been made in the death of the boy. Party officials said it took seven hours for police to reach the scene, 90 miles east of Harare, on Saturday.