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Muzarabani people likely to give prejudiced views to COPAC
Youth Alliance for Democracy
July 12, 2010
People in Muzarabani
are most likely to give a prejudiced presentation of their views
and beliefs following usual intimidation tactics employed by mainly
suspected ZANU PF cadres to cow dissenting voices into submission.
MDC-T member of parliament of Muzarabani North Medicine Kagura was
axed on Thursday last week and was in critical condition on Friday
when the Youth Electoral Bulletin visited him at his home in Mudoka
Village. He stated that he was attacked by about nine ZANU PF youths
whom he accused of trying to eliminate him so that the party which
they pay allegiance to maintains the seat. This was even a serious
blow to a Crisis
in Zimbabwe Coalition meeting which was held on Friday, it resulted
in a poor turnout since villagers were scared to be associated with
the stated Civic Organisation. The villagers were ordered not to
attend Civic Society organisations meetings. Known pro democracy
activists in the area were also ordered not to attend Constitutional
Parliamentary Committee (COPAC) meetings. To ensure that there is
no 'waffling', mouthpieces of villagers in Muzarabani
were chosen alongside their seconders. They were given sixty questions
and answers which they are supposed to present to COPAC delegation.
The role of others in attendance is to clap and ululate as an endorsement
to the process. Villagers were further warned that video cameras
will be in full force to pick everything said at the meeting. According
to interviews carried out by our correspondent in the company of
the Muzarabani Electoral Club Chairperson most villagers really
believe that and are scared to be found on the contrary path with
To the people who were
contacted, their fears are allayed by the fact that those who perpetrated
violence during the past decade are still walking scot-free. The
names which came out most are Charles Chinyani (29), Owen Sosono
(30), and Itai Chibayanzara (28).These youths were also involved
in the burning of an Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Charunda
village, over allegations that it is dominated by pro-MDC-T worshippers,
well after the inception of the inclusive and no action was taken
against these culprits. They even boast and threaten to resort to
what they did during the June 27 'elections' if villagers
are recalcitrant to 'liberation principles.' The perpetrators
are also still seen in the company of influential ZANU PF officials
for example Honourable Edward Raradza.There is also a soldier known
as Kasengezi,who came during Operation Maguta (a government programme
in which soldiers were deployed to distribute seed and other agricultural
inputs).They, however, became active in politics by 'dealing'
with opposition elements. Army trucks are also sometimes seen roaming
around villages. This obviously brings a cloud of uncertainty to
the villagers, given the brutal treatment which villagers faced
at the hands of these people. A threat that those who are going
against ZANU PF will be dealt with accordingly after World Cup has
been publicised as well.
Six Headmen perceived
to be sympathetic to MDC-T were deposed from their positions and
replaced by those who are 'politically correct'. This
operation was carried out by Chief Kasekete, a known ZANU PF sympathiser.
Those who were deposed include Headmen Chamburuka, Muzeza, Mbereko
and Charunda. The villages which were headed by the latter are also
under serious surveillance. Even church meetings have to be reported
to the police.
YAD strongly recommends
the distribution of radios to this area since it does not have any
cell phone network and access to other means of information dissemination.
The area is also left in many programmes since the road networks
are also poor and for fear of intimidation civic society organisations
are hesitant to conduct programs in Muzarabani. Most youths in this
area escape to Mozambique on foot since it is about 50km to get
to the boarder as there are no tangible efforts to economically
empower them, for those who remain they are easily manipulated by
political heavyweights to engage in acts of political retribution.
Meanwhile as YAD we are concerned with the levels of polarisation
that are in this area and call upon all principals in the inclusive
government to shun the use of violence by using their supporters
in stifling dissent and predetermining the outcome of the constitution.
This level of polarisation if unchecked will militate against the
conduct of free and fair elections particularly the referendum.
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