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Community updates on the general political environment – 30
July 30, 2013
On the 29th of July 2013, Headman Michael Mandebvu called for a
meeting where he was intimidating people. At the meeting, he informed
people that on the 31st of July they must all meet at his homestead
then go to vote in the company of their respective village heads.
He said this would be done to ensure that nobody votes for MDC-T.
On the 28th of July in Kabuyani village, a group of 8 Zanu-PF supporters
identified as Lovemore Muzondiwa, Maturure, Zviwanza, Concern, Bisham
Nyobo, Manjengwa, Stanley Yakani and Chief Samuchembo, went around
the village confiscating MDC-T regalia. They were also telling MDC-T
activists that they would be beaten after the election run off.
On the 29th of July 2013, Davies Taruwinga a Zanu-PF aspiring councillor
was carrying out an intimidation and vote buying campaign. He was
distributing cups and plates to villagers then he would take down
ID numbers of all family members who registered to vote upon distributing
the goods. Taruvinga is telling villagers that the ID numbers will
be used on the 31st of July to trace the presidential candidate
they would have voted for. He went on to threaten Mr Chikahamadze
and his wife Rodzai Chikahamadze with unspecified action because
they refused to take the cups.
On the 29th of July 2013, a group of 6 Zanu-PF supporters identified
as Osten Nyajichi, Isaac Kabonga, Muparamoto, Chakanyuka, Kaibos
Dzabaya and Olivia Chimutsangwi (aspiring Zanu-PF councillor) held
a meeting where they declared that all MDC supporters will be killed
soon after the elections if Zanu-PF loses. They promised to start
with Taurai Nyoni who is the MDC-T aspiring candidate for the ward.
Today in Kambanje village, Chief Chiswiti held a meeting where he
told villagers that he is going to assault Taurai Nyoni this evening.
Nyoni is an aspiring MDC-T councillor.
On the 29th of July 2013 at 19:00 hours, Super Mandiwanzira an aspiring
Zanu-PF Member of Parliament candidate for Nyanga South transported
100 bags of maize to Mapako business centre which is situated next
to Mapako Secondary school polling station. Following this, Chief
Fungai Mushonga called for a meeting at the business centre today
at 9am. At the meeting he showed people the maize and told them
that if they do not vote for Zanu-PF the maize will be taken back
On the 29th of July 2013, Zanu-PF aspiring councillor Oliver Ururu,
Amos Musonza and Daniel Gombera moved around the ward telling people
that they should vote
for Zanu-PF if they want peace to prevail after elections.
On the 29th of July 2013, an MDC-T activist identified as Matuzura
Njodzi was intimidated by a Zanu-PF activist identified as Mukaro.
When he reported the matter to Muzarabani police station, they refused
to give him the docket’s CRB number. The police officer who
was on duty at the time of reporting identified himself as Constable
On the 29th of July 2013, Sarudzai Mutyavaviri an aspiring Zanu-PF
ward councillor forced people to attend a political meeting. At
the meeting she intimidated villagers and promised a repeat of the
2008 violence in the event that Zanu-PF loses the elections. Sarudzai
is a well-known perpetrator of the 2008 political violence.
On 27th of July 2013, Thomas Madzuramende assaulted Godfrey Chisango
because he was wearing an MDC-T t-shirt. The case was reported to
Muzarabani police station and action is yet to be taken.
Today a Headmen identified as Xander Makotore held a meeting where
he told all villagers that they must be assisted to vote by their
village heads if they want a peaceful environment after elections.
Today, Calisto Machaiyana and village headman Elias Mufambi held
a voting preparatory meeting in Gorekwaro village. At the meeting
all people perceived to be MDC-T activists were assigned Zanu-PF
activists who will assist them to vote tomorrow. A total of 80 people
have been assigned voting assistants despite the fact that they
are not physically challenged.
On the 29th of July 2013, Tarisai Mugariwa and Lydia Tavengwa were
going around the ward telling people that if Zanu-PF loses the election
they will be beaten up on the 1st of August.
On the 29th of July 2013, war veteran Jabulani Sibanda held a ward
meeting where he threatened villagers with death if Zanu-PF loses
On the 29th of July 2013, Hezekiah Mahachi was assaulted by assailants
identified as Givemore and Dennis Chafa. The matter has not yet
been reported to the police.
A Zanu-PF activist identified as Bonani Ndou is going around the
ward removing MDC-T posters. He is also telling people to ignore
MDC-T activists when they are carrying out their door-to-door campaigns.
Today at 09:00 hours, village headsmen identified as Nheya and Chavani
went around the ward intimidating and threatening villagers. They
were telling people that all those who support MDC-T must ask Zanu-PF
supporters to vote on their behalf or they risk losing their lives
after the election.
On the 29th of July 2013 at 12:00 noon, Zanu-PF candidate for Zaka
North Robson Mavhenengwa held a meeting with 21 village heads where
he informed them that MDC-T supporters will be severely dealt with
if Zanu-PF loses the elections.
On the 27th of July 2013, a group of MDC-T activists including the
party’s candidate for Shamva South, Pwanyiwa were assaulted
by a group of Zanu-PF youths. The Zanu-PF youths started assaulting
them with sticks and stones after they saw them attending to their
vehicle which had broken down near Shamva Mine. The case was reported
to Shamva police station but a police officer identified as Constable
Sveto told them that the police do not intervene in political matters.
On the 28th of July 2013, at Shamva Gold mine, a group of Zanu-PF
activists disrupted an MDC-T rally which was supposed to be addressed
by Tendai Biti (MDC-T Secretary General). The Zanu-PF activists
also went on to assault MDC-T activists with stones resulting in
5 MDC-T activists being injured. The incident took place at 13:00
hours in the full view of officers from Shamva Police station who
did not take any action during the incident.
Today, a village headman identified as Godzani has instructed all
his people to assemble at his homestead tomorrow morning so that
they can each be assigned a person to assist them to vote.
Today, a war veteran and soldier identified as Jaweti and Mr Madamombe
were going around the ward harassing and intimidating people. They
also held meetings in Kazangarare, Nyaumbare and Kamutsamombe villages
where they told people that all MDC-T activists must declare that
they are illiterate so that they will be assisted to vote. They
then went on to say that an election run-off is imminent since the
2013 elections will be carried out in the same
manner as the 2008 elections.
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