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    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    June 03, 2010

    Reports of 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 political affiliation.

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