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[Published: Tuesday June 09 2009]

Zimbabwe 'facing fresh violence'

Harare, 09 June-(ANA)-Zimbabwe could be heading for a new wave of violence, a minister in the country's unity government has warned.

Sekai Holland, a member of the former opposition MDC, said opponents of the power-sharing government were drawing up assassination lists.

She said she believed the worst violence was being planned to coincide with the country's next election.

Her comments echo earlier claims by PM Morgan Tsvangirai of ongoing political intimidation and abuses in Zimbabwe.

Ms Holland, Zimbabwe's Minister for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, told the BBC that she and other members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), including fellow ministers, were receiving threatening phone calls every day.

They had been told that Zanu-PF hardliners are adding their names to a lengthening assassination list.

"We are told that they do have a list of people that they will kill," she said.

"No-one feels safe in Zimbabwe, no-one - and I mean no-one. We haven't reached a ceasefire. We are still at a point where people have their guns cocked."

Ms Holland is a senior member of the MDC and was badly beaten by Zanu-PF supporters two years ago.

Ms Holland also claimed that 39,000 militiamen "working inside the civil service and outside" were being paid a wage of $100 (£62) a day to beat up MDC supporters, in the event of an election. (ANA)

FA/ANA/09 June 2009---

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