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    Heal Zimbabwe Trust
    July 29, 2013

    Buhera West

    Ward 14
    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.

    Buhera South

    Ward 19
    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.

    Harare South

    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.

    Harare South

    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.

    Bindura South

    Ward 10
    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.

    Ward 10
    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.

    Ward 13
    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 election.

    Ward 13
    On the 26th of July 2013, a Zanu-PF supporter identified as Shingi Masawi was seen tearing down MDC-T posters in the area.

    Mudzi North

    Ward 9
    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.

    Mutoko South

    Ward 27, 28 and 29
    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.

    Hurungwe North

    Ward 7
    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.

    Gokwe Centre

    Ward 1
    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 voting booths.


    Ward 12
    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 election.

    Murehwa West

    Ward 11
    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.

    Ward 13
    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.

    Ward 14
    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.

    Guruve South

    Ward 10, 11 and 12
    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.

    Buhera South

    Ward 33
    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 election.

    Ward 33
    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.

    Mutare West

    Ward 20
    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.

    Bindura South

    Ward 12
    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.

    Zaka West

    Ward 24
    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.


    Bayakaya Ward
    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.

    Mberengwa East

    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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