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PF supporters threaten repeat of 2008 violence
The Independent (Zimbabwe)
July 25, 2013
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As general elections
fast approach, Zanu-PF is now employing various intimidation tactics
in Manicaland province, where known perpetrators of the 2008
poll violence are threatening to
beat up or even kill those who will not vote for President Robert
Mugabe in Wednesday general polls.
In an interview
with Zimbabwe Independent today, MDC-T Manicaland provincial chairman
Julius Magarangoma said Zanu-PF supporters were threatening their
members with a repeat of the 2008 election violence, which occurred
during the presidential run-off period, if Mugabe loses or if there
is no outright presidential winner.
He said as the
elections draw close, there are increasing levels of intimidation,
particularly in rural areas, whose memories are of the violence
that rocked Zimbabwe in 2008 when hundreds of people were killed
as the military embarked on a violent election campaign to rescue
Mugabe after he lost the first round of polling, are still fresh.
has intensified in the last three days. Zanu-PF supporters are going
around threatening people with violence. So far they are using people
who were involved in the 2008 election violence,” Magarangoma
have deployed the 2008 perpetrators of violence in Buhera and other
parts of Manicaland. These people are known by the locals. All they
do is just walk or drive around the constituencies or just hang
around the shopping centres. Now people are scared that they are
there to mete out violence on the locals.”
He added that:
“People were being told that they will beat up people during
the run-off, like they did in 2008, if they don’t vote correctly
and ensure that Mugabe wins in the first round.”
Magarangoma said MDC-T supporters were being arrested for engaging
in door-to-door campaigns and toy-toying.
not allowed to campaign door-to-door and police are arresting our
members saying it is illegal. This is just part of the intimidation
tactics being employed.”
This is happening
as Mugabe, who is desperate for legitimacy if he wins July 31 elections,
has been preaching peace at all his rallies.
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