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offices besieged as COTRAD activist loses front teeth
Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD)
February 19, 2013
In the early
hours of today around 2am Zimbabwe
Election Support Network (ZESN) offices were besieged by two
Nissan Hard body trucks without number plates at their Hofmeyer
Offices in Masvingo. Party of the contingent seized the security
guard who is always manning the premises and tricked him that they
were ZESN officials from Harare and were rushing to Chiredzi to
implement a program. The unidentified men did not break any window
but used bolt cutter to open the doors. The unidentified trucks
likened to the Central Intelligent Organization confiscated one
desktop which is usually used by the provincial ZESN Accountant
and contains all the ZESN financial transactions, eight chairs and
close to sixty T-shirts from the office. COTRAD views this as the
continued crackdown on NGOS and targeting NGOs to do with election
related programing. The investigation team that has been sent to
cover the matter was heavily composed of the members of the Central
Intelligence Organization some of them who also disrupted a ZESN
meeting a fortnight ago at Nyuni Mountain Lodge.
Gutu Central Constituency a COTRAD activist Albert Musvosvo was
on Sunday 16 February 2013 around 5pm kidnapped and assaulted by
Zanu PF youth militia led by Mukotami who is the ward 17 chairperson
for Gutu Central Constituency. Musvosvo was assaulted for mobilizing
a public meeting that was conducted by COTRAD in Gutu Central Constituency
on Saturday 15 February 2013. Musvosvo lost two front teeth and
was treated at Gutu Mission Hospital.
Matter was reported
to Bhasera police base in Gutu Central Constituency.
environment is heating up in Masvingo, the involvement of security
forces in the crackdown is a cause of concern and serve to point
that elections in Zimbabwe will be marred by violence.
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