ward 17, Chief Muusha's area, Zanu-PF members moved around villages
on 17 June intimidating and harassing villagers whom they suspected
were anti Zanu-PF supporters. The group was led by two war veterans
namely Dera and Jezenga. The villagers were force-marched to
a meeting where the Zanu-PF supporters took turns to insult
and threaten them with unspecified action if they continue to
support any other party that is not Zanu-PF. Since the harassment,
people in ward 17 have been leaving in fear of future victimisation
especially now that the country
is heading towards elections.
28, there have been reports of harassment in the form of threats
in Shava from 16 June to 27 June. Seven touts stationed at Wadzanai
Bus Terminus who are well known Zanu-PF youth were harassing
people, threatening them that they will be beaten and even killed
after elections if they continue to support the MDC. As a result
of the threats, many are now avoiding to use the terminus.
people are disgruntled over the manner the first round of the
voter registration exercise was conducted. Many villagers are
complaining that the exercise was marred with confusion and
unnecessary delays leading to many people failing to register
as voters. People in the area have since pleaded with ZEC to
make sure the current voter registration exercise be a bit faster
and accommodate everyone who wants to register.
North, Ward 20, on 9 June 2013, Shame Nyaruvanga's house was
petrol bombed during the night by suspected ZANU PF activists.
It is alleged that the activists had warned him prior that they
will destroy his house if he continues to support MDC. A police
report was made and the police are yet to take any action.
In another case, war
veterans are threatening people settled at Matepatepa area in
Bindura that they will be evicted from the resettlement area
if they support or vote for any other party which is not ZANU
PF in the pending elections. As a result, most of them have
resolved not to vote at all during the elections as a pre cautionary
JOMIC held a clean up campaign in Bindura
in the month of June which was attended by representatives
from various political parties. People in the area indicated
that the clean up exercise managed to reduce political tension
in the area.
Central, on the 14th of June, ZANU PF supporters forced villagers
to attend a ZANU PF rally. The rally was addressed by the Vice
President, Amai Joyce Mujuru. Few people turned up for the rally
and as a result, local ZANU PF youth moved around villages threatening
those who did not attend with death highlighting that they embarrassed
the office of the President by failing to turn up. The villagers
have since reported the harassment to the police who are still
to take action.
East Ward 31, the ZANU PF ward Chairperson reported people who
attended the MDC primary elections to the police on false allegations
that they were spearheading political violence in the area.
This led to the arrest of 16 MDC supporters who were released
later without a charge after the police found them not guilty
of any offence.
District, Charumbira area, Chief Charumbira held a public meeting
at his homestead before the ZANU PF primary elections where
he introduced ZANU PF candidates to everyone present. After
the introductions, he encouraged everyone at the meeting to
vote for ZANU PF in the coming elections. He threatened the
villagers with evictions if MDC or any other party that is not
ZANU PF wins in the area.
South Ward 21, headmen in the area are moving around villages
with registers asking people their full names, national identity
numbers and the names of political parties they support. After
taking the details, if anyone indicates to support a party that
is not ZANU PF, the person is issued with threats of eviction
from the area and is forced to immediately buy a ZANU PF membership
South, Ward 8, there is intimidation of people by war veterans
who are threatening villagers with death if they vote for MDC
in the coming elections.
7th of May, Zimbabwe Independent journalist, Herbert Moyo was
assaulted by MDC youth and barred from covering a demonstration
at Harvest House. Moyo was covering a demonstration by the party’s
Sunningdale members over imposition of candidates in the constituency.
intra party violence in Mutare Chikanga-Dangamvura constituency
on Thursday 6 June. MDC supporters attacked each other during
the party's primary elections leaving one of the party’s
councilors, Chrispen Dube seriously injured. The whole process
had to be postponed due to the violence that took place.