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Violence and intimidation on the rise ahead of the COPAC outreach
in Zimbabwe Coalition
June 23, 2010
The Coalition notes with
dismay the continued intimidation of citizens of the COPAC outreach
meetings which were scheduled to kick off today, 23 June 2010. This
is despite the fact that the process should allow for the full participation
of Zimbabweans regardless of their gender, age and political affiliation.
The level of violence and intimidation in the most rural areas is
resorted t o be on the increase especially in the Mashonaland provinces.
Allegations arising are that some ZANU PF supporters have indicated
that soon after the world cup they will engage in a vicious campaign
similar to that of June 27 2008 in order to "stamp out any
were made during a community outreach meeting by the Crisis In Zimbabwe
Coalition on Monday the 21st of June 2010 at Chemapango village
in Murehwa district. Scores of people who attended the meeting pointed
out that the Constitution
making process is marred by threats, intimidation and violence
as the people in the area are being ordered not to talk when the
consultations begin. More so participants highlighted that village
headman in the area were given the mandate by ZANU PF to select
17 people from their villages who are to be instructed on what to
say when the outreach teams visit their different areas. It is also
alleged that a list of nominees for this task has already been drawn
up and those not on the list have been threatened with dearth if
they air out their views.
At another Crisis Coalition
meeting that took place on the 22nd of June in Uzumba district,
people indicated that they were not going to participate in the
constitution making process because they feared for their lives.
They indicated that they would rather boycott the consultative process
and any other political gathering in order to ensure their safety.
The few people who were brave enough to attend the public meeting
refused to take fliers and t-shirts which the Coalition Team was
distributing stating that they would become targets of violence.
The catalyst is readily informed that at the time they were holding
this public meeting, the ZANU PF leadership in the area was also
having a caucus meeting, a move which was solely meant to bar people
from attending the public meeting.
In Mudzi, four households
belonging to a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters were
burnt down in Ganjanda village on Saturday the 20th of June. One
of the victims, Mr. Maunga (not his real name) alleges that the
suspects who burnt his house were under instruction from member
of parliament Newton Kachepa and one Aqualina Katsande. Maunga who
is now staying with a close friend noted that "the perpetrators
want to ensure that people are discouraged from participating in
the constitution making process by all means necessary." He
also highlighted that ZANU PF supporters have mounted bases across
the district for this purpose.
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