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Gwangwadza villagers fear resurgence of violence
in Zimbabwe Coalition
July 06, 2011
Gwangwadza in Nyazura Ward 26 have raised fears of the resurgence
of political violence and intimidation following the alleged deployment
of soldiers to the area.
a Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition meeting held on the 2nd of July 2011,
participants alleged that the District Administrator's office
circulated letters to the Headman of Ward 26 in Nyazura which notified
them of the deployment of soldiers without giving reasons. It is
alleged that the soldiers have set up camp near Nyazura Center.
This, they said, aroused feelings of the horrific
2008 electoral period where many were beaten up, maimed, injured
and raped at the hands of soldiers and ZANU PF militia.
also accused the ZANU PF Ward 26 Chairman, Lovemore Saruchera of
being the chief culprit in instilling fear in the people. It was
also reported that the same individual in cahoots with youths from
his ward are forcefully collecting people's identification
documents for unspecified reasons.
of the meeting, which was attended by 253 women and 156 men, was
to brief participants on the progress of the constitution making
process and elections including The Coalition's proposed roadmap
to the elections. Participants were addressed by the Member of Parliament
for Makoni South, Honorable Pishai Muchauraya, Mr. Nixon Nyikadzino
(CiZC) and Youth
Agenda Trust Director, Mr Arnold Chamunogwa.
issues were also raised at the meeting:
- ZANU PF
is using fear to discourage political and civil society meetings.
media reforms should be implemented before an election.
laws such as POSA
must be abolished to allow for the enjoyment of fundamental rights
such as freedom of association, assembly and speech.
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