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Zanu PF in scary recruitment drive
The Standard (Zimbabwe)
ZANU PF youths
are moving door-to-door in some of Harare's high-density suburbs
and Chitungwiza, claiming they are carrying out a recruitment drive.
In suburbs such
as Kambuzuma, Mbare, Tafara and Kuwadzana, the youths are going
around homes, writing down people's names, house numbers and
their national identity numbers.
personal information is captured are then told to go and collect
Zanu PF cards, either at the party's local office or at houses
being used as meeting venues by the youths.
spoke to The Standard last week said Zanu PF's door-to-door
recruitment drive was not only harassment and an intimidatory tactic,
but also an infringement of people's private lives.
told me that those who fail to produce a Zanu PF party card during
the coming elections will be in big trouble," said one resident
to give them my details, not because I support Zanu PF, but out
is almost the same in Chitungwiza.
in Ward 6 in Unit J, residents are being ordered to register their
personal details at a house belonging to a Zanu PF official (name
withheld), which functions as the "base".
said they were also promised the party's cards, that they
will use as "passports" during this year's elections.
from that, they [youths] also promised us free maize, fertiliser
and other favours that Zanu PF dishes out towards and during elections,"
said one resident of Unit J in Chitungwiza.
said those who don't register, the boys will deal with them
when the time comes."
In some parts
of the country, the party has resuscitated
bases similar to those used in 2008, where people who did not
support Zanu PF were assaulted, raped, tortured or killed.
The MDC-T claims
that at least 200 of its supporters were killed by Zanu PF supporters
and state security agents, a charge the former ruling party has
While no one
has been tortured at the resuscitated bases, their mere presence
is enough to frighten people because it reminds them of the brutality
of the past elections.
provincial spokesperson, Pishai Muchauraya said Zanu PF was using
traditional leaders and soldiers to take down people's names,
IDs and addresses.
He said the
soldiers served to remind the people of the horrors of 2008.
Zanu PF wants to use that information to rig elections or it is
just to instill fear ahead of the elections. We are telling them
to comply but they know where they will put their X come election
day," said Muchauraya.
they are instilling fear into people's hearts by reminding
them of the 2008 violence, but people are now cleverer."
campaigns are peaceful'
Zanu PF spokesperson,
Rugare Gumbo said there was nothing wrong with the party's
door-to-door recruitment, as it was a peaceful exercise.
is nothing for people to fear because it's peaceful. if the
people don't agree with their views, they have the right to
refuse," he said.
Gumbo said the
party had been conducting door-to-door recruitment and campaign
programmes for a long time.
for anyone to suggest that the method is intimidating," said
"We know the MDCs do their campaigns at night, but we let
them do so because it's their right."
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