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Community updates on the general political environment – 24
July 24, 2013
In Shashe village, Zanu-PF youths led by a war veteran identified
as Mada and their district chairman Mr Chimombe, were intimidating
people on Saturday the 20th of July. They threatened people in Shashe
village that they will be monitored
throughout the voting process to ensure that they do not vote
In Chipisa village today
at 7.15 am, Peter Marongwa an MDC-T supporter who resides at Debroc
Farm was harassed by Zanu-PF supporters led by Wellington Magumise.
The victim was threatened with death for putting up MDC posters
in the village.
A Zanu-PF campaign team led by John Makupa and one only identified
as Busa were on Saturday the 20th of July forcing teachers at Vheneka
primary school to put on Zanu-PF regalia when conducting their lessons.
On Saturday the 20th of July, Zanu-PF youths disrupted an MDC-T
rally which was being held at Mudzimu business centre. The Zanu-PF
youths who were clad in party regalia invaded the venue and started
singing revolutionary songs, toy toying at the venue beating drums
thus disturbing the rally. The MDC supporters were forced to end
the rally because of the disruptions.
Zanu-PF supporters comprising of Farai Murengwa, Muronzi, Mrs Mhere
and a Grain Marketing Board employee identified as Prudence were
harassing and threatening Mr. Manyowa today. The group confronted
the victim and gave him 2 days to defect from MDC to Zanu-PF or
risk being killed soon after the elections.
On 23 July 2013, Rhoda
Tembo was evicted from her lodgings situated at Church of Christ
in Raffingora Estate by Farai Murengwa a Zanu-PF supporter. Ms Tembo
was evicted because her husband, Milton Manyowa is standing for
the post of councillor in their ward under an MDC ticket.
In the Great Gray area,
the Zanu-PF ward chairman identified as Chizema is harassing MDC-T
activists for wearing party regalia.
In Zengeza 4,
Gilbert Chikuzeni, a Zanu-PF supporter is moving around threatening
people. He is telling them that if Zanu-PF loses the coming elections,
his party will repeat
the 2008 political violence.
On 23 July, Lewis Chikuya and Anthony Chigogo chased away MDC supporters
who were putting up their party posters in ward 10. The Zanu-PF
supporters barred the MDC supporters arguing that Shamva is a "no
go" area for other political parties. The case was reported
at Madziva Police Station and action is yet to be taken.
On 23 July, Zanu-PF youths comprising of Wellington Bonde and Tonderai
Bonde harassed MDC supporters who were coming from their rally at
Murehwa Business Centre accusing them of being sell outs. The youths
threatened the MDC supporters with violence if Zanu-PF loses in
MDC-T aspiring councillor for ward 4, Francis Kudyahakudadirwe and
his neighbour Moses Gwaze, were today harassed by Zanu-PF supporters
for wearing MDC-T regalia. The Zanu-PF supporters who were in a
T35 truck enroute to Vice President Joice Mujuru’s rally at
Mudindo saw the two clad in MDC regalia and disembarked from their
truck and tore the MDC t-shirts and confisticated 2 MDC T barets.
Zanu-PF supporters Inro
Muzika and Nyakisi Mapfira of Muzika village were today intimidating
and threatening villagers. They were saying that during the voting
process, the people’s votes will be tracked because each ballot
paper will be linked to a certain serial number. They also told
the villagers that there is going to be a run-off on the 11th of
On the 22nd of July, the Zanu-PF ward chairman, David Pungwe forced
villagers to attend a Zanu-PF rally. During the rally, the Zanu-PF
leadership in the area told everyone present that they should all
surrender t-shirts they got from MDC if they still want to reside
in the area. They pin pointed Ruzai Vaviri in particular and warned
her that she should surrender the attire by Friday 26 July or risk
Zanu-PF supporters led by a retired soldier identified as Erison
Chihoni moved around Madhonho village today, harassing and intimidating
villagers that if they do not vote for Zanu-PF in the coming elections
they will all be killed.
In the St James area today, Zanu-PF supporters led by Stephen Rwaendepi
and Boniface Mbwirire barred Zvinamano Taruona from accessing water
from the village well. This was so because he was seen putting up
MDC posters in the area.
Since Friday 19 July,
Zanu-PF supporters identified as Desmond Rugede, Brian Mafushe,
Edius Jenjere and Bizzy Mangava have been going around the ward
tearing down all MDC-T posters.
Today at 12:30pm in Takawira community, 2 village heads aligned
to Zanu-PF who were only identified as Madhidha and Mafaranyanga
held a public meeting at the business centre. During the meeting,
they highlighted that within the community there are some "sell
outs" who are planning on voting for other political parties
that are not Zanu-PF hence they have identified Zanu-PF youth in
the area who will assist people during the voting process as a means
of making sure they all vote for Zanu-PF. Those to be assisted were
the physically challenged and well known MDC supporters who were
told during the meeting that on the election day they should tell
the presiding officer that they cannot write hence the need for
the assistance. Those who fail to comply were threatened with death
soon after the elections. This is despite the fact that the MDC
can read or write.
On 22 July 2013 at Mutambo business centre, Euckledge Muvede was
removing MDC-T posters and replacing them with Zanu-PF posters.
Today, Zanu-PF supporters comprising of Jeremiah Makuni, Jeremiah
Masiya and a soldier, Munyengeri Maraho and many others disrupted
an MDC rally at Rupangwana irrigation scheme centre. Around 400
MDC supporters had gathered for the rally. The matter was reported
to the police but no action has been taken yet.
On Monday 22 July, Chief
Kasekete held a meeting at Hoya primary school which was attended
by 400 village heads from his area. They were all clad in full Zanu-PF
regalia. The village heads were made to promise that all their people
will vote for Zanu-PF. The Chief promised them money after the elections.
This has resulted in the village heads holding meetings in their
communities and villagers that those who do not vote for Zanu-PF
will be banished from the area and their property will be confiscated.
On Tuesday 23 July, Davis Munyonga, Elson Munyandeni, Shuvai Ushe,
Michael Matonhodze and Charles Munyandeni who are all MDC-T supporters
had their homesteads raided by a group of Zanu-PF supporters. Their
party regalia and some property were confiscated. The group of Zanu-PF
supporters was led by Mike Gwasha, the Zanu-PF district chairperson,
Kerina Muketi and Fadzi Muketi.
The group of Zanu-PF
members on that same day went around the ward threatening all suspected
MDC-T supporters. They were telling them to leave the area or else
they risk losing their lives. The case was reported at Gokwe central
police station and nothing has been done yet.
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