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Community updates on the general political environment – 29
July 29, 2013
On the 27th of July 2013, Deputy Police Commissioner Oliver Mandipaka
who is also the Zanu-PF aspiring Member of Parliament candidate
for Buhera West, forced villagers to attend his rally which was
held at Marume primary school. Zanu-PF youths were moving around
the area singing revolutionary songs and forced all shops to close
at Murambinda growth point. During his address, Mandipaka told the
gathering that MDC-T
won the 2008 elections but Zanu-PF managed to take over. He
also went on to say that the outcome of the 2013 election would
be no different. He further highlighted that there is a current
recruitment and training process of police and soldiers who will
beat up people if MDC-T wins the election.
On the 26th of July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF supporters led by headsman
Edmore Kowanai, a soldier, Peter Nendanga and a war veteran, Samido
Dominic forced villagers to attend their party meeting. The meeting
was addressed by war veteran Joseph Chinotimba who stated that on
the 31st of July, all well known MDC-T supporters should have their
hands bandaged so that they are assisted to vote by Zanu-PF supporters.
On the 27th
of July, a pro Zanu-PF soldier identified as Brian who resides at
Hopley Farm assaulted Roddie Jumbo for wearing MDC-T regalia. The
incident occurred at Anthony’s bar where Jumbo is employed
as a bar tender.
On the 25th
of July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF supporters led by Webster Shamu
abducted William Kapuya the MDC-T affiliated Chairperson for Southlea
Park. Kapuya was then rescued at Mbudzi roundabout by other MDC-T
activists. The matter was reported at Waterfalls Police Station
and action is yet to be taken.
On the 18th of July 2013, an MDC-T supporter identified as Bonde
Mapondera was threatened by a Zanu-PF activist identified as Finias
Chimbwishu. Chimbwishu told Mapondera that if MDC-T wins the coming
election, Zanu-PF supporters will kill Bonde Mapondera and his family
then destroy his property. The case was reported to the police and
nothing has been done yet.
On the 21st of July 2013, a Zanu-PF supporter identified as Chirenda
threatened an MDC-T supporter Collin Mhondiwa. He stated that Zanu-PF
supporters would evict Mhondiwa from his Salvation Army residence
if he does not join Zanu-PF before the 31st of July.
On the 18th of July 2013, a Zanu-PF supporter identified as Pozit
Muchenje threatened teachers at Murembe secondary school. He told
them that they would lose their jobs if Zanu-PF loses the coming
On the 26th of July 2013, a Zanu-PF supporter identified as Shingi
Masawi was seen tearing down MDC-T posters in the area.
On the 28th of July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF activists led by John
Karonga forced people to attend a meeting at village head Chatima's
homestead. At the meeting, 48 MDC-T activists were each assigned
a Zanu-PF supporter who is supposed to assist them to vote on 31
July. This is despite the fact that they are not physically challenged.
The matter was reported to Nyamapanda police station and nothing
has been done yet.
Ward 27, 28
On the 28th of July 2013, a group of Zanu-PF supporters led by war
veterans identified as Mwale, Matamba, Patrick Kanovheti and the
district chairperson Smart Kazingizi forced people to attend meetings
held at Chitangazuva business centre, Nyamuvhivhi primary school
and Janhi business centre. At the meeting, people's names were taken
down in the order that they are expected to go and vote on 31 July.
Each person was told the specific polling station that they are
expected to vote.
On the 28th of July 2013, a group of soldiers threatened to kill
an MDC-T activist identified as Passmore Mugera. This was after
they had seen him putting up MDC-T posters. The victim later fled
from his home due to increasing threats. The matter was reported
at Hurungwe police station and nothing has been done yet.
A group of Zanu-PF activists are carrying out door-to-door campaigns
where they are demanding national IDs from MDC-T activists. They
are also threatening people that all those who attempt to vote for
MDC-T will be monitored by cameras, which will be installed in the
A ZEC election official identified as Auxilia Nyamusoko was threatened
by a group of Zanu-PF youth yesterday 28 July. They said that if
she allows MDC-T activists to vote, they would beat her after the
On the 28th of July 2013, a Zanu-PF activist identified as Leonard
Mandaza waved a gun and threatened to kill Owen Songore. Songore
is the driver of aspiring MDC-T candidate, Lardy Ndoro. The threat
came after Songore ferried MDC-T activists who were campaigning
in the ward.
3 Zanu-PF activists identified as Richard Chirenda, Edward Karonga
and Edmore Mhaka threatened Border Mudengezi who is an MDC-T activist
yesterday 28 July with death if Zanu-PF loses the election.
At Chikwati business centre, a Zanu-PF candidate identified as Israel
Mariki threatened Sharon Mushore. Mariki gave Ms Mushore 2 hours
to pull down the MDC-T posters that were in her shop or else he
would beat her.
Ward 10, 11
On the 28th of July 2013, five Headmen identified as Hozo Pointer,
Charles Mukodzani, John Mupinyuri, Edward Mutombo and Mangiton Chigariwa
forced villagers to attend political meetings in ward 10, 11 and
12. At the meetings, people were told the order in which they will
go and vote so that they can trace those who would have voted for
MDC-T. They claimed that the tracing would be done using the serial
numbers on the ballot papers.
On the 28th of July 2013, a Headman identified as Christopher Chinyati
was carrying out door-to-door campaigns threatening people. He said
that there would be war in Zimbabwe if Zanu-PF loses the coming
On the 28th of July 2013, two Zanu-PF youths identified as Jefta
Masikati and Tafi Mudirire of Chinyamatikiti village were intimidating
people. They said that the new polling station in the ward would
be used for tracing the number of people who support MDC-T. The
identified MDC-T activists will then be beaten up after elections.
An MDC-T aspiring Member of Parliament candidate, Shoshiwa Mudiwa
was arrested on Saturday 27 July for holding a rally at Mafararikwa
primary school. Police officers from Bambazonke police station alleged
that they had not been given prior notification of the rally but
Mr Mudiwa argues that he had notified the police prior to the meeting.
The victim was later transferred to Mutare police station after
being detained from 11am to 5pm.
On the 28th of July 2013, headman Abraham Mhembere assaulted 3 women,
Tamburayi Jimu and her two friends. They were assaulted for wearing
MDC-T regalia. The matter was reported to Bindura police station
but no arrests have been made yet.
A group of headmen led by a war veteran identified as Lovemore Mutandwa
held a public meeting in ward 24 where people were told the order
in which they would vote. Mutandwa said this would ensure that they
could trace those who will vote for MDC-T.
On the 28th of July 2013, Chief Mafala called for a public meeting
where he introduced John Honder an aspiring Zanu-PF Member of Parliament
candidate for Zvishavane Ngezi constituency. After the introductions,
the MDC-T activists left the meeting citing that they cannot attend
a Zanu-PF meeting. Zanu-PF youths followed them to Ndimaneni business
centre where they clashed and started fighting each other. Later
that evening, 8 Zanu-PF youths including Mafios Dhlamini, Josephat
Dhlamini, Bernard Dhlamini, George Dhlamini and two unidentified
men who claimed to be policemen went to houses of Charumbira, Dhlamini,
Matse, Mpofu and Dlodlo (who are MDC supporters) in Ndimaneni village
and assaulted everyone present. The victims fled to a nearby forest
where they spent the night. The matter was reported to Zvishavane
police station and investigations are still underway. The victims
have since sought alternative shelter somewhere in Zvishavane.
Ward 5 On the
evening of the 27th of July 2013, MDC-T ward organising secretary
Godfrey Mudzivakwi had his home burnt by unknown assailants. His
family lost property, which includes important documents such as
national IDs, birth certificates and academic certificates. The
matter was reported to the police who swiftly responded and are
carrying out investigations. Heal Zimbabwe Trust has also deployed
people to assist the victim.
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