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restrictions imposed in Bikita West
In a steadfast violation
of SADC Principles and Guidelines governing democratic elections,
Zanu PF has allegedly imposed travel restrictions on villagers in
Bikita West, a move which, according to some locals, is meant to
intimidate and stop villagers from getting alternative influence
from opposition political parties.
It is asserted that village
heads have been tasked to compile daily registers of villagers'
movements to prevent 'stray' villagers from visiting
towns where they it is feared they are likely to be exposed to other
players in the forthcoming general elections.
Mr Claudius Makova, the
incumbent MP is alleged to have, in some of his campaign trails,
incited his supporters to prevent the MDC from campaigning in the
Reports have it that
MDC campaign posters have been either removed from trees and walls
at various shopping points or seized and burnt by Zanu PF supporters.
Parts of the constituency,
so say reports, have been cordoned off and declared no-go areas
for the MDC, whose increasing support is said to have riled top
Zanu PF officials in the area.
It remains to be seen
whether international observers in the country will also be barred
from visiting these so-called no-go areas, given the government's
repeated announcements that the elections will be peaceful, free
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