on the 1st of June in ward 24, villagers were forced marched
to a meeting at their Chief's homestead. They were told that
it was a community meeting meant to discuss developmental issues
only to discover that it was actually a Zanu-PF caucus meeting.
The meeting was chaired by Mr Mutandwa, a Zanu-PF official who
highlighted during the meeting that all those who fail to vote
for his party will be evacuated from the area after the elections.
Every villager present was forced to chant the Zanu-PF slogan.
Since the meeting, villagers have been living in fear.
ward 4 on the 20th of May in Savi village, Mr Liveson Pikelele,
a Zanu-PF member brought out a revolver gun at a funeral in
the village and threatened to shoot Mr Machihani for supporting
MDC-T. He was restrained by other community members present
but he went ahead and threatened to shoot anyone at the funeral
who supports MDC in the area. During the incident, he was shouting
that all MDC supporters are sellouts bent on destroying the
country hence should be killed. The matter was reported to the
police but nothing has been done yet.
ward 23 and 26, many people in the area failed to register as
voters in the first round of the mobile voter registration exercise
that ended on 19 May after they were scared away by suspected
Zanu-PF youth. The youth demanded that aspiring voters produce
Zanu-PF cards first for them to enter the registration offices.
The matter was reported to the police who indicated that they
are still investigating the issue.
2nd of June in Mwenezi ward 3, suspected Zanu-PF supporters
went to Mrs Murashiki's homestead where they harassed and threatened
the victim with death if she fails to convince her husband to
step down from representing MDC as a councillor in the pending
elections. Mrs Murashiki was affected by the incident to the
extent that she threatened to leave her husband unless he drops
from contesting. Mr Murashiki in turn was forced to report the
case to the police who promised to look into the issue.
24th of May in ward 1, five Zanu-PF members assaulted Willard
Dombo for supporting MDC. The victim was attacked while coming
from work and as a result of the attack, he sustained several
bruises all over his body. The case was reported to JOMIC, which
intervened by calling all parties concerned for a meeting. During
the meeting, members from JOMIC managed to resolve the issue
and encouraged people from Harare South to live in peace and
desist from attacking each other.
||On 25 May
in Chief Nyashanu's area, David Mwabvira was abducted and assaulted
by a group of Zanu-PF members led by Mr Tekedai. They accused
the victim of moving around the community chanting MDC slogans.
The case was reported to the police but no arrests have been
29th of May in Chief Nembire's area in Mt Darwin West, Zanu-PF
supporters were blocking MDC activists from going for their
primary elections in the area where they threatened anyone who
goes for the elections with unspecified action. In ward 25,
Zanu-PF activists moved around houses of prominent MDC supporters
forcing them to defect to Zanu-PF or risk been evacuated from
are moving around areas in Mutoko intimidating and threatening
villagers into voting for Zanu-PF in the upcoming elections.
The soldiers have held 5 meetings in and around Mutoko where
they have made it public that if Zanu-PF loses in the area,
all the villagers will be punished. The soldiers did not specify
the form of punishment the community would face. On 24 May,
Rodgers Chinomona a major at Joke Barrack, Smart Gurure and
one only identified as Tsungai (all soldiers) are leading the
teams that are threatening and harassing villagers. Community
members are now leaving in fear of their lives.
no reported cases of political violence in Beitbridge.
ward 3, no violations were recorded.
ward 13, no cases of political violence were reported.