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Zanu PF in a state of panic and on full scale violence
for Democratic Change
The MDC is extremely
enraged at the increase of politically motivated incidents of violence
taking place throughout the country at the instigation of the chaos
faction of Zanu PF.
At the weekend
a 12 year old boy Christpowers Simbarashe Maisiri, the son of the
MDC Headlands district deputy organising secretary, Shepherd Maisiri
was callously murdered on Saturday by Zanu PF thugs.
The police from
Inyati Mine Police Station were informed about the incident at around
12 midnight but said they could not attend the scene because they
had no fuel.
They only arrived
at the scene 7 hours later.
This is the
ninth time Maisiri's house has been attacked by Zanu PF gendarmes
but typicaly no arrests have ever been made.
In Gutu Central
Constituency, 50 year old Albert Musvosvo an MDC branch chairman
in ward 17 was severely assaulted by a mob of Zanu PF supporters
at last weekend and sustained horrible injuries. Again no arrests
have been made.
In another incident,
barely a month ago, William Sibanda, an MDC youth supporter was
abducted by a known agent from the CIO at gun-point at Nyamandlovu
bus terminus in Matabeleland North province. The CIO operative is
only known as Chibango and operates from Lupane Police Station but
he has not been arrested.
As if to compliment
these acts of barbarism by Zanu PF, the Police have embarked on
a crusade against the people in particular carrying out raids against
MDC leadership. Just a week ago they raided the home of Hon Reggie
Moyo in Bulawayo looking for what they called subversive material.
For the MDC
this harassment of pro-democracy institutions by the state is totally
The partisan and unprofessional conduct being displayed by the police
and army is totally unacceptable. We note with displeasure the incessant
attacks on non-governmental organisations and other voices of dissent.
of radios, continued police raids
of pro-democracy activists at: Zimbabwe
Human Rights Association (ZimRights), the National
Youth Development Trust (NYDT) and of late at the Zimbabwe
Peace Project (ZPP) and Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN)
points to a serious indictment of a free democratic environment
which we envisage as we approach the election period this year.
the police have also been harassing civic organizations and people
perceived to be aligned to the MDC. Recently the Habbakuk
Trust and National Youth Development Trust offices were ransacked
by security personnel looking for what they called subversive material.
tactics are not new as Zanu PF always employs the same tactics before
ZimRights director Okay Machisa was arrested
and charged by the police in Harare for allegedly conspiring to
'commit voter registration fraud and publishing or communicating
the fifth to face similar charges after Leo Chamahwinya, Dorcas
Shereni, Tanaka Chinaka and Farai Bhani were arrested
last year and are still being held in remand prison.
position is that the resurgence and obvious perpetuation of a culture
of impunity that has permeated the Zimbabwe body politic lately,
is totally unacceptable and should be stopped forthwith if this
nation is to move forward.
It is even more
ridiculous that such unpleasant developments are happening at the
backdrop of Zanu PF leader; Robert Mugabe's repeated calls
for peace and the need for violence free elections.
As much as Mugabe
has been declaring such good intentions, the behaviour of State
institutions and some of his party stalwarts points towards some
very disturbing irony.
The clear selective
application of the law and continued raids by the Zimbabwe Republic
Police is ridiculous and puts paid to our call for serious reforms
of institutions, including the security sector realignment before
holding of the next elections.
It is in light
of such unacceptable developments that the MDC reiterates its call
for a realignment of all institutions of the State which have a
direct bearing on the holding of free, fair and peaceful elections.
in Conditions for a Sustainable Election in Zimbabwe (COSEZ) remain
1. The adoption
and implementation of an agreed new Constitution for Zimbabwe.
2. Reform of
legislative requirements for the elections:
of a new Electoral Act which incorporates, regional and international
standards governing the conduct of elections.
b) Media reforms that include the issuing of community radio licences
to impartial and non partisan organisations.
c) Repeal of all legislation that restricts the freedom of movement
and association in Zimbabwe including POSA,
Services Act and the Presidential
Powers (Temporary Measures) Act.
d) No member of the uniformed forces and intelligence service should
participate in any way in electioneering on behalf of any political
party, individuals or any other organisation.
3. The Zimbabwe
Electoral Commission to be in charge of all electoral processes
a) The Appointment
of non partisan and impartial staff to manage the affairs of the
b) Preparing of a new voter's roll.
c) Provide voter's education on a national basis.
election observers and monitors to be in place six months before
and six months after the election to:
a) Ensure the eradication of state sponsored violence and intimidation.
b) Guarantee the secrecy, security and integrity of the vote and
The MDC wishes
to point out that it is also aware of the fact that scores of soldiers
and their spouses are registering to vote in the coming national
elections in suspicious circumstances that are believed to be part
of a Zanu PF ploy to rig in the next elections. The soldiers are
registering at the Tredgold Building in Office 16 in Bulawayo, which
office is responsible for the army led Maguta Programme.
The voter registration
exercise for the public was halted in Bulawayo last month amid speculations
that the Registrar General's office only allows people aligned
to Zanu PF party to register to vote. Scores of people are being
sent away from registration centres while police and army personnel
are being allowed to register to vote.
A visit to
the Tredgold building revealed that ordinary people are not being
allowed to register to vote. This trend is now widespread with about
40 people being arrested in Lupane a fortnight ago while trying
to exercise their right to vote in the coming local and national
The MDC condemns
the selective registration process of people which targets security
personnel and people aligned to Zanu PF. The exercise is flawed
and reminiscent of the rogue processes employed by the drowning
party towards democratic elections.
The MDC remains
steadfast in the march towards a new democratic dispensation, which
recognizes and respects the rights of every Zimbabwean. The time
has come for every Zimbabwean young and old to define your future
through your vote.
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