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Community updates on the general political environment – 28
July 28, 2013
A Zanu-PF chairman, Innocent Mandere and Jennifer Chirenda (an aspiring
Zanu-PF councillor for ward 13) are threatening villagers that if
they vote for MDC-T they will
be killed after the election if Zanu-PF loses.
On the 25th
of July, Mr Tobias Tsuro an MDC activist as well as a survivor of
political violence was intimidated by Zanu-PF activists. The
perpetrators have been identified as Mandere and Chirenda. They
threatened the victim that they are going to kill him this time
if MDC wins on 31 July 2013.
Today the 28th of July, Zanu-PF supporters led by their youth chairman
identified as Kanengoni disrupted an MDC-T rally which was officially
booked at Shamva Gold Mine netball grounds. One person identified
as Tatenda Gwambi who is an MDC supporter was severely injured during
A Zanu-PF activist Paradza Chentiasi on the 26th of July went around
the ward threatening villagers that even if Zanu-PF loses it would
not let the presidential seat go to the MDC-T. He stated that an
orgy of terror is going to be unleashed to punish everyone who would
have voted for the opposition.
Amasane Nenjana a Zanu-PF activist is intimidating and threatening
people that they have to join Zanu-PF and vote for it because their
votes will be known and if they vote for MDC they will be killed.
At around 09:00hrs on the 26th of July, Headman Ishmael Kagodo and
his court council threatened Gibson Mudhuva an MDC supporter saying
that they will ensure that Gibson's father Moses Devera, his mother
Febbie Mudzimu and his brother Felix Mudhuva are evicted from Chiwenga
village for supporting MDC-T.
In another case,
on the same day, Gibson Mudhuva of Chiwenga village escaped death
by a whisker after his compound was invaded at midnight by three
Zanu-PF activists namely Ishmael Kagodo (a pro Zanu-PF headman),
Mugadza and Stephen Manuwere who were threatening to kill him. The
matter was reported to Chadereka police station where the complainant
was referred to Muzarabani Police Station. Gibson Mudhuva and his
family are now living at a friend's house.
An MDC-T supporter and polling agent, Timothy Sikende's wife and
her two children were threatened with death by Zanu-PF activists
tday at 10.30am. Sikende's family is now residing at a family friend’s
house, as they now fear for their lives.
Today the 28th of July, villagers of Mushaviri Business centre were
forced to attend a compulsory village meeting which was chaired
by Colonel Mudyahoto and assisted by other Zanu-PF supporters identified
as Hwicho of village 2 and Chiramba of village 4. The meeting was
to instruct people that they will compulsorily vote at the following
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stated that this is to ensure that his party trace all its opponents
more easily if it happens to lose the coming election. At the same
meeting at Mushaviri Business Centre, a Zanu-PF activist identified
as Mupira of village 4 openly asked village women if there was someone
who could strike the MDC-T ward 29 candidate for councillor, Mrs
Ever Mashandudze with lighting so that she dies mysteriously. Gutu
Police Station refused to intervene in the matter.
A headman of Maorera village called Diva Mudzana is intimidating
people telling them that his party shall monitor serial numbers
on every vote casted for MDC T and if anyone is suspected to be
the one who used that serial number, he or she shall be "dealt"
with vigorously on 1 August.
Yesterday on 27 July, a VIDCO chairperson namely Anos Machinjike
summoned the people of Mutowoni, Savaka, Chikabida, Mhanda, Mutonga
and Chigodora villages to a meeting at Mutema township where he
gave them times that they ought to go and cast their ballots on
31 July 2013. He said this was meant to track down those who would
not have voted for Zanu-PF.
Yesterday on 27 July, Zanu-PF youths in their party regalia were
intimidating motorists by searching their vehicles as they passed
by HQ Mutorashanga primary school. The youths claimed that they
were maintaining security for Hon Ignatius Chombo who was holding
his rally at a nearby venue.
Today the 28th of July, MDC-T and Zanu-PF youths shared ARDA Mill
grounds as a venue for their rallies with each party claiming that
it booked the venue before the other. ARDA Police refused to intervene
in the dispute claiming that the two parties have to find a solution
on their own.
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