Three farmers meet a terrible fate
Another appalling event shatters the lives of the innocent
This is the story of three farmers, living peacefully in the Kezi rural district, some 70km south west of Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo. All three were supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change. All three are now dead.
Their names were Edward Thsuma, 26, Mchasisi Moyo, 30, and Gift Sibanda, 37. Mr. Moyo and Mr. Sibanda were abducted from their homes, forced into a white Toyota Hilux, and taken into the hills. Their bodies were later found in shallow graves.
Mr. Thsuma was herding his cows with relative, who needs to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. This man survived, with a broken arm and widespread bruising, and is able to describe what happened.
"They found us herding cattle, and said they had spent the past week looking for us. They accused us of selling out the country by voting MDC but living on Zanu-PF land. They attacked us with clubs. I was knocked unconscious. When I woke, they told me that Edward was dead."
No-one has been arrested for the murders. Everyone in Kezi knows who committed them. It was a gang of so-called War Veterans, inspired and financed by Robert Mugabe to wage war on their own people.
As the people of Kezi mourn, the violence continues to spread. The details of the death of Abigail Chiroto, 27, the wife of Emmanuel Chiroto, the new Mayor of Harare, have shocked the world. She was abducted from her home, blindfolded, then so badly beaten that it was difficult to identify her body.
Her murder is an example of a new and dreadful tactic being practiced by Mugabe's militia - the murder of the wives. In the past week the wives of at least three MDC officials have been killed.
While the news of Abigail Chiroto was becoming known, South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki flew in for surprise talks with Mugabe in Bulawayo, and Tsvangirai in Harare. Then he flew home. Perhaps he knows a hopeless situation when he sees one.
There is said to be mounting international pressure on the government to cancel next week's run-off Presidential election, because the possibility of there being anything even remotely fair or free about it is fast disappearing. It is suggested that there might still be some sort of compromise worked out, to provide us with a government of national unity.
But no-one in Kezi rural district will ever forget, or forgive, the murders of Edward Thsuma, Mchasisi Moyo and Gift Sibanda.