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ZANU PF violence on the increase
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
June 03, 2010
politically motivated violence around the country have escalated
ahead of the constitution
making process set to kick off next month.
Epworth residents revealed
that ZANU PF youths are threatening people with their lives if they
communicate views contrary to the ones they dictate to the COPAC
outreach teams. Tapiwa Machipisa, Rumbidzai Kaseke, Philip Nyajeka,
Simon Zhakata, and Priscilla Chakabva have verified this saying
that they are being forced to attend the ZANU PF meetings where
people are being told not to say anything and leave all the work
to those selected by the youth.
Residents have been informed
that those who do speak at the meetings should advocate for an unlimited
presidential term in the new constitution.
Residents have also been
given a grace period of one month to acquire ZANU PF membership
cards which they will have to carry around all the time. Registers
are being marked at every meeting to make sure they have a record
of regular attenders.
Meanwhile residents of
Plumtree, Chimanimani and Marondera have lodged complains of violent
outbursts spearheaded by top ZANU PF officials, which police are
not taking action against.
In Plumtree, the MDC
shadow senator for Bulilima, Vincent Mabhikwa Moyo, reported an
escalation of violence from ZANU PF thugs led by ZANU PF councilor
Simon Sibanda and Chief Israel Tokwana.
At a time when the country
is working towards the creation of a people driven constitution,
act of violence, intimidation and harassment are unnecessary and
unwarranted. ZimRights denounces these unsavory acts which have
no place in any democracy. It is everyone's right to participate
freely in the making of the supreme law of the land and to be protected
by the law. The police should stop operating on a partisan basis,
and should provide security for all persons, regardless of their
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