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Community updates on the general political environment - 27 July
July 27, 2013
On the 26th of July 2013, two Zanu-PF supporters identified as Godfrey
Jari and Frank Chadzimura assaulted Andrew Mubaiwa for wearing an
MDC-T t-shirt. They also accused him of pulling down Zanu-PF posters
that had been pasted at Jari business centre. The case was reported
to the police but nothing has been done yet.
A Zanu-PF supporter identified as Sydion Muringisi of Goronga village
harassed Josiah Goronga for with an MDC district chairman. Muringisi
threatened Goronga with death in the event that he continues to
associate with the chairman.
On the 25th of July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF supporters led by Maguma
who is also known as Zvanakira Tose carried out a forced march in
Chinake village which is under Chief Mkota. They went around the
village singing revolutionary songs and calling out names of people
who are affiliated to MDC-T. The calling out of names was accompanied
by death threats in the event that Zanu-PF loses the election.
On the 26th of July 2013, a Marondera based Zanu-PF supporter identified
as Lawrence Katsiru held meetings at Nyamuyaruka business centre
and Vhombodzi village where he threatened villagers with war if
Zanu-PF loses the election. At the meetings, it was resolved that
on the 31st of July, people would meet at Milton Kachepa’s
(outgoing Mudzi North Zanu-PF Member of Parliament) home then from
there they will go to vote in the company of their village heads.
After voting, they are required to go back to Kachepa’s home
to have their names taken down.
On the 26th of July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF youths led by two identified
as Comrade Chipo and comrade disaster went around the ward singing
revolutionary songs and threatening MDC-T supporters with death
if Zanu-PF loses the election. The group was coming from a rally
that had been held at Chimhanda business centre.
Today Saturday 27 July, a group of Zanu-PF youths led by an ex-soldier
identified as Peter Nendanga was camped at Birchenough Bridge business
centre where they were forcing people to attend a rally that was
being held at Kufakwatenzi primary school. They also forced shop
owners to shut down and attend the rally.
On the 22nd of July 2013, one Innocent Raza who is a police officer
at Chiredzi police station was dismissed from work after he was
suspected of having attended an MDC-T meeting that was held in the
Today in Chaseta village, all MDC-T supporters were denied food
aid supplies by a Zanu-PF affiliated village head identified as
Garikai Chaseta and a war veteran called Artwell Mazunga. All the
food supplies were given to Zanu-PF supporters who had managed to
produce their party cards.
On the 26th of July 2013, two Zanu-PF supporters identified as Richard
Chigodora and Mrs Chigodora were carrying out door-to-door intimidation
campaigns. They were asking people which political party they support.
They went on to threaten anti- Zanu-PF supporters with unspecified
action if Zanu-PF loses elections.
Today in Shashe village, Zanu-PF affiliated war veterans were carrying
out door-to-door campaigns looking for people who do not have Zanu-PF
party cards. They were threatening them with death if Zanu-PF loses
On the 16th of July 2013, seven Zanu-PF supporters identified as
Francis Rutsvara, Samuel Makumbe, Mr Rukuruwo, Mrs Rukuruwo, Mrs
Vhoru, Mrs Muchingambi and Mrs Tembo harassed Tamari Mutowoni. They
told her to vacate from her Gran B1 farm because she supports MDC-T.
A group of Zanu-PF supporters is going around the area removing
Isaac Njanjeni’s (MDC-T candidate) campaign posters. The posters
are being replaced with Jacob Chiuje’s (Zanu-PF candidate)
On 23 July 2013 at 20:10 hours, two Zanu-PF supporters identified
as Tichaona Mayana and Chikonzero Mayana brutally assaulted Benson
Chamwaizo at Mwanyisa business centre. They assaulted him for supporting
MDC-T. The matter was reported at Chisumbanje Police station on
the 25th of July but the police insisted that the victim must first
produce a doctor’s report before the police can take any action.
On the evening of 26 July 2013, two Zanu-PF supporters identified
as Angel Gwede and Shingirai Mbofana were moving around the ward
telling MDC-T supporters to surrender their party regalia. They
also threatened to burn the homes of all MDC-T supporters in the
event that Zanu-PF loses the election.
On the 26th of July, a group of Zanu-PF supporters was forcing people
to attend their party meeting. At the meeting, all the Zanu-PF candidates
were introduced and people were told to vote for them or they risked
being chased away from the ward on 1 August.
Today near the
Aquatic Complex Centre, a Zanu-PF supporter identified as Gilbert
Chikuzeni who is also known as Banda was threatening and intimidating
people. He told people not to wear MDC-T regalia and also said that
if Zanu-PF loses the election, there will be a repeat of the 2008
violence on 5 August.
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