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Community updates on the general political environment – 26
July 26, 2013
The Zanu-PF ward chairman identified as Andrew Matate was removing
MDC-T posters today. He also threatened community members telling
them that if he sees any MDC-T poster he and his team will beat
up all MDC-T supporters living around the area.
An ex-soldier identified as Brighton Gushungo of village 8G was
threatening villagers that they will lose their lives on the 1st
of August if Zanu-PF does not win the elections.
Zanu-PF supporters set up a political 'base' camp next to a polling
station. They have occupied the area between village 7B and 8H,
which they are using to hold their meetings where they are intimidating
villagers. On Tuesday 23 July 2013, an ex-soldier identified as
Mr Mari who is stationed at the base clad in camouflage, assaulted
Rodgers Chadzo for wearing an MDC-T t-shirt. The case was reported
to the police but nothing has been done yet. Mr Mari spent the week
leading a group of Zanu-PF youths who went around the village forcing
people to attend meetings at the 'base'. They threatened those who
refused to attend with death.
A soldier identified as Phebion Mabhande who was deployed in the
area under the Maguta Scheme is threatening and intimidating people.
He is telling them that all those who support MDC-T risk losing
their land and property if they do not join Zanu-PF. He also said
that they will be dealt with accordingly in the event that Zanu-PF
loses the elections.
At Mavanga Secondary School, a group of Zanu-PF supporters led by
the district chairperson, Clytos Mapanje, the youth treasurer Obert
Muzhangiri and the district secretary who is also a member of the
School Development Association (SDA), Njodzi Chikati are threatening
and intimidating students. They are telling them that they should
never wear MDC-T regalia at home or inside their uniforms because
doing so will result in their expulsion from school.
Zanu-PF activists identified as Abel Mujeri and Hailey Muza moved
around the ward today removing MDC-T posters and replacing them
with Zanu-PF posters. They are also threatening community members
with unspecified action if
Zanu-PF loses the coming election.
On the 25th of July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF supporters conducted
a march, which they forced all community members to take part in.
The march was from Ruyamuro business centre to Chikokonya Business
Centre. When they got to Chikokonya business centre, the youth forced
the villagers to disrupt an MDC-T rally which was being held there.
There is a soldier identified as Paraffin who moved around the area
today giving those who do not have National identity cards money
to acquire the ids which he claimed would be used to vote for Zanu-PF
on the 31st of July.
MDC-T supporters were each assigned a Zanu-PF activist who would
assist them to vote on the 31st of July. This is regardless of the
fact that they are not physically challenged.
Mrs E Jimu attempted suicide by drinking poison after she was harassed
by a group of Zanu-PF youths on 22 July 2013. The group led by Cuthbert
Gono went to her home where they chanted Zanu-PF slogans and sang
revolutionary songs all night. This instilled fear in her and disturbed
her to the extent of opting to take her own life.
On 25 July 2013, a Zanu-PF activist identified as Mapamba announced
that Zanu-PF supporters in the area were going to eliminate the
MDC-T ward Chairman, Titus Mtombeni on 1 August 2013. He highlighted
that this was a resolution made during a court session held at Herdsman
On 25 July 2013 at 15:00 hours, a group of Zanu-PF supporters led
by one Mapamba chased MDC-T activists Pakisai Mudambe, Kudakwashe
Mandedye, and Edmore Chambayi from the ward. They were chased away
because they were wearing MDC-T regalia. Mapamba and his accomplices
said they wanted to beat up the trio for supporting MDC-T. This
incident happened at Maparadze primary school.
On the evening of 24 July 2013, a Zanu-PF affiliated headman identified
as Uketi Mutasa was instructed by Porusingazi Enock (an aspiring
Zanu-PF MP candidate) to organize a youth group meant to carry out
door-to-door intimidation campaigns. The group was told to go around
the village at night taking down names of all MDC-T supporters.
A group of Zanu-PF supporters led by Mutambara, Colonel Mudyahoto
and Naison China’ombe force marched people of Mushaviri village
8 to a mini rally in the area. They told the villagers that Zanu-PF
will take all necessary measures to ensure that voters are strictly
monitored when voting. They also declared that there shall be no
privacy during voting to prevent people from voting for MDC.
On the 17th of July 2013, a group of six Zanu-PF supporters identified
as Matunhunhire Samson, Machokoto Funwell, Francis Rutsvara, Florence
Rutsvara, Mrs Vhori and Samuel Gwinha, assaulted Tafadzwa Dherera.
He was assaulted because for wearing an MDC-T t-shirt which they
forced him to remove and surrender to them.
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