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Community updates on the general political environment – 25
July 25, 2013
Today in Hoya village, Mr Joe Bumhira a headman, forced villagers
to attend a meeting. At the meeting, the headman told the villagers
that he was instructed by Chief Kasekete to evict all non-Zanu-PF
supporters in the area. He went further to indicate that he is giving
the villagers 3 days to join Zanu-PF or face evictions.
A villager in ward 17, Mr Matonhodze and his family were today told
by Zanu-PF supporters in Hoya village that they should not vote
without being assisted by a Zanu-PF supporter on the 31st of July.
This is despite the fact that they are all not physically challenged.
The matter was reported to JOMIC and Muzarabani police station.
However, the officers at Muzarabani police station referred him
to Chadereka police post which is not easily accessible since it
is 30km away from his home.
In Munyabonde village, war veterans identified as Hamunyari Kamusengezi
and known as Yahweh forced people to attend a meeting at Ndorowe
growth point. The meeting was addressed by Mrs Manyeruke a Zanu-PF
Senatorial candidate. She threatened people, demanding that everyone
in the area vote for her party or risk losing their lives. At the
same meeting, Yahweh paraded a gun which he said he was not afraid
to use if people continued to support MDC.
Today in Sesame village, Samkeliso Khanye was harassed by a group
of Zanu-PF supporters led by one Mike Gwasha who is the district
chairperson. The group met Khanye on her way home from collecting
her voter registration slip. They accused her of supporting MDC-T
and threatened her with abduction before elections. Gwasha attempted
to grab her voter registration slip but she managed to run away.
Ms Khanye also noticed that the group had several slips in their
possession which she perceived were confisticated from other community
On 23 July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF youths led by one only identified
as Gwashe were moving around the ward intimidating people. They
told the villagers that there are going to be cameras in the voting
booths so they will be able to see and record all those who are
not going to vote for Zanu-PF. They also said if MDC-T or any other
party that is not Zanu-PF wins the elections, there is going to
be war in the country on the 1st of August.
Zanu-PF supporters, Chief Nyamandi and Cancel Chisanga swayed a
gun at a Zanu-PF rally held on 24 July 2013. They threatened villagers
that they will make use of it if Zanu-PF loses the coming elections.
On 23 July, Zanu-PF activists identified as Virginia Chimedza and
Paradzai Chisango addressed a rally at Zhambahwe center where they
intimidated and threatened people. They claimed that if Zanu-PF
loses the pending elections, violence will be unleashed on the 1st
On 23 July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF youths led by one Mkakanhanga
were carrying out door-to-door campaigns intimidating people in
Murehwa west. They were forcing every adult to buy a Zanu-PF membership
card. Those who refused were promised violence on the 1st of August.
They were also taking down their national identity numbers.
A Zanu-PF activist identified as Tawanda Torongo moved around the
ward today removing MDC-T posters and replacing them with Zanu-PF
Village heads affiliated to Zanu-PF held meetings in the community
today where they told people to vote for Zanu-PF if they want peace
after elections. The village heads were only identified as Muzhambe,
Kahumwe, Mapira and Chimanikire.
On 20 July 2013, Crispen Zuvarapenga, Elisha Sawa, Sabastine Mawara,
Gift Lemu, Tavengwa Wezron and Pangani Kainga were dismissed from
work at Sawa Fairburn Farm by their employer, Fred Mutanda. They
were fired for declaring openly that they support MDC.
Zanu-PF supporters, Moses Tapanduka, Chizema, Muronzi, Mrs Mhere
and a soldier identified as Muronzi Sikhosana moved around the ward
intimidating people who are anti Zanu-PF threatening them that they
will be killed if Zanu-PF fails to win the 31st
of July elections.
On 24 July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF youths led by Dakarai Zvibhowa,
Jambaya Mike, and James Mbengani forced the residents of Garikana,
Chijumana, Chitepo, Mbengani and Chizarire villages to join their
political party campaigns. The campaigns started at 12:00 noon and
ended at 22:00 hours.
Today Enock Porusingazi a Zanu-PF candidate for Chipinge South,
disrupted an MDC-T rally at Chisumbanje Primary School. Porusingazi
and a group of Zanu-PF youths went ahead of MDC and occupied the
venue despite the fact that MDC had booked for the venue in advance.
The venue was for the Member of Parliament candidate Mike Makuyana’s
rally. Porusingazi also barred school teachers from attending Makuyana’s
rally. SADC observers were present in the area during the incident.
On 24 July 2013, an MDC-T activist, Tafadzwa Njerera was threatened
by Zanu-PF activists identified as Francis Rutsvara (Headman Rutsvara’s
son), Mrs, Rukuruwa (a wife to headman Rukuruwa), Samuel Gwinha
and Peter Makumbe. They were threatening him saying that if he keeps
on supporting MDC-T he will be evicted from his Greenview farmhouse.
The matter was reported to Headsmen Rutsvara and Rukuruwa. Action
is yet to be taken.
On 16 July 2013, a Zanu-PF supporter identified as Matilda Musarurwa
burnt Claudius Tevera’s MDC-T regalia.
On 23 July 2013, a group of pro Zanu-PF activists identified as
Gapara, Tikiti, Peterson Nzombe, Mudyahoto and Godfrey Chinombe
force marched residents of Mugondwi, Mushavi and Chavarove villages
to attend their party meetings.
On 23 July, an MDC-T activist Jonathan Chapera was assaulted for
wearing his party regalia at Wozheri business centre. He was assaulted
by Zanu-PF activists who were identified as Jabulani Mapute, Musa
Matyora, Togaya Chikombingo and Guardina Muchapaza. The victim is
receiving treatment at a local clinic and only one perpetrator has
been arrested so far.
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