ward 8 on the 19th of May, most villagers failed to register
as voters as most of them did not have adequate documentation.
Those who wanted to collect new national identification cards
(ids) were asked to pay $40 upfront, an amount that is exorbitant
to most of them.
at Rudhanda Secondary School in ward 28 on the 18th of May,
scores of people who wanted to register as voters could not
get access to the venue. There was a roadblock to the school
entrance mounted by Border Gezi youth clad in their attire.
The youth were demanding to see ZANU PF membership cards for
one to enter. The youth who were singing revolutionary songs
threatened to beat anyone who attempts to register without a
ZANU PF card. As a result, many people were forced to leave
fearing for their lives. The case was reported to JOMIC and
residents are waiting for its response.
West, ward 4 on the 12th of May, ZANU PF members moved around
forcing villagers to contribute financially to a funeral of
the district chairperson for ZANU PF women’s league Mrs
Hilder Zvada’s grandchild who died in South Africa. ZANU
PF chairman for Zaka, Mr Chengetanai Chabwera and Mr Chifudza
threatened and warned the villagers that if they did not pay
the money they would face the "consequences" come
11th of May in Chiredzi ward 5, a police officer identified
as Mr Raza was assaulted by Governor Chiromho, a known ex-combatant
in the area for waving his hand while greeting some suspected
MDC members. Mr Raza was accused of being a member of the MDC,
and the perpetrator threatened him that he will be executed
if ZANU PF loses the upcoming
11th of May in Chivi south ward 22, a meeting was held by ZANU
PF members in the ward and villagers present were intimidated
to vote for ZANU PF. At that meeting, there was Onward Verenga
and Jameson Mazvidziwa members of the army and Taru Mangezu
a member of the central intelligence organisation who were introduced
at the meeting as the team that will carry out door to door
campaigns for ZANU PF. Villagers were told to cooperate during
that time or else they would be forced to relocate. This left
villagers in fear of the recurrence of the 2008
the month of May in Gokwe under Chief Gumunyu’s area ward
12, ZANU PF members are barring MDC members and other people
who do not belong to ZANU PF from entering a mining area which
is believed to have gold. Only ZANU PF members are being allowed
to carry out mining activities in that area. The disgruntled
villagers have tried to raise the issue with the local authorities
in Gokwe but the case has not been resolved.
North ward 12, on the 18th of May, ZANU PF youth carried out
a door to door campaign where they were intimidating villagers
ordering them to vote for ZANU PF in the pending elections or
risk the resurgence of the 2008 political violence which left
hundreds of people dead.
no cases of political violence recorded in Beitbridge ward 8.
7th of May in Buhera ward 6 in Chief Makumbe's area, the registration
for maize distribution was done corruptly. First preference
was given to ZANU PF members and those who support other political
parties were told to come back with ZANU PF membership cards.
HZT advised the villagers to report the case to JOMIC.