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Community updates on the general political environment
July 12, 2013
Jealousy Zarira and Simba Mashazhe who are both MDC supporters were
arrested early today 12 July 2013. They are being accused of attempting
to disrupt a Zanu-PF rally that was held yesterday at Gwangwava
township. The two are still in police custody.
Zanu-PF youths moved around the ward in the morning, forcing people
to go and attend their rally. Those who refused were threatened
with unspecified action.
Zanu-PF supporters were moving around the area in the afternoon,
tearing down MDC-T posters and burning them. The case has since
been reported to the police.
Zanu-PF youth led by their ward youth chairperson held
a door-to-door campaign in the area today. During the campaign,
they were harassing and intimidating people, threatening them with
death if they do not vote for Zanu-PF in the coming elections.
Zanu-PF political "bases" have resurfaced in ward 1. These
bases are situated very close to the polling stations and as a result
people are now living in fear. They are afraid of the resurgence
of the 2008
Zanu-PF members moved around villages in ward 32 harassing and intimidating
villagers stating that they should all vote for Zanu-PF as the election
process will be monitored by cameras.
A village head only identified as Fute was threatening villagers
in his area today that if they vote for MDC they will be beaten
Village head, Peter Mugavha and Zanu-PF Councillor, Mr Dzana collected
all the names of registered voters in the area and threatened the
potential voters with death if ever they vote for any other party
that is not Zanu-PF. The two indicated that cameras will be installed
in all polling booths recording the whole voting process including
the name of the political party that one will vote for.
Headman R. Makuvaza of Makuvaza village has been recording all the
names of MDC supporters in the area and threatened them with eviction
from the area if they do not join Zanu-PF before the elections.
Edward Mazarire, a Zanu-PF activist from Chagwiza village forced
all well known anti-Zanu-PF activists to a meeting where he threatened
them with eviction from the district if Zanu-PF loses the upcoming
A Zanu-PF supporter who is also a former soldier, Colonel Mudyahoto
of Mushavire village barred MDC-T activists from displaying their
posters at Mushavire business centre. He argued that supporters
of the two MDCs will not be allowed to campaign in ward 29 stating
that they were promoting the "regime change" agenda. The
case was reported to the police but no arrests were made yet.
Headman Fidzi Muteri from Chamisa village disrupted an MDC-T door-to-door
campaign today at around 1400hrs. He threatened that his party Zanu-PF
will install hidden cameras in every house in the area to survey
all those who will carry the campaign.
A village head only identified as Garabha from Chinyaure village
formed a team of 6 Zanu-PF activists who moved around the ward today
harassing and intimidating villagers demanding that everyone state
openly who they will vote for president. All those who refused to
state were given a deadline of two weeks to vacate the area. The
6 Zanu-PF activists comprised of Alfonso Mhuruyengwe, Marvis Mashongo,
Herbert Tapfuma and Forward Chimuka. The other 2 could not be positively
Mudavanhu Mudzamiri, a member of the army moved around villages
today threatening people with violence if Zanu-PF loses the July
Zanu-PF activists identified as Shakie Nduna, Rangano Pakiwa, Mai
Chitimbe and Banderu barred people in the area from putting on any
political party regalia that is not from Zanu-PF.
Shepherd Makoni and Mr Mbirimi who are Zanu-PF supporters today
harassed Mr Munjoshi an MDC supporter and threatened him with death.
Mr Mungoshi was harassed for organising MDC rallies in the area.
Zanu-PF youth moved around all public areas today removing all MDC
posters in the area.
Two MDC supporters, Arthur Gunzvenzve and Itai Makoti were assaulted
by Zanu-PF activists today. The Zanu-PF supporters were led by Lard
Manhango. The case was reported to the police and filed under case
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