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on lockdown as Zanu PF force people to Mujuru’s rally
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The town of
Chegutu was on virtual lockdown on Thursday as Zanu-PF supporters
forced the closure of all shops, market stalls and schools, forcing
its inhabitants to attend a rally that was addressed by Vice President
Those who resisted
being frog marched to Pfupajena stadium were beaten up, some in
full view of the police who turned a blind eye to the orgy of violence
that visited the town.
the MDC-T parliamentary candidate for Chegutu West, was advised
not to campaign in the constituency as Zanu-PF youths were calling
for his head.
SW Radio Africa that last week they had told the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission and the police about the violence
and intimidation by Zanu-PF supporters, led by the candidate
for the area Dexter Nduna.
ZEC that Nduna’ supporters are compromising peace, security
and harmonious co-existence of people in Chegutu,’ Hwende
vowed that members of the MDC family will no longer be intimidated
by the former ruling party, saying gone were the days when Zanu-PF
would instigate violence and intimidation during an election to
scare away members of their party.
that they will no longer be intimidated saying after suffering 33
years under Zanu-PF they were prepared to endure another 6 days
endured 33 years of dictatorship, endured 33 years of torture from
Zanu-PF, so another 6 days will not kill us. We will be there on
July 31st because people are determined to vote Robert Mugabe out
must not underestimate the resilience of our people and surely they
must not underestimate the determination of our people to end this
dictatorship,’ said Hwende.
that anarchy is knocking on the door of many constituencies around
spokesman Oliver Mandipaka, the Zanu-PF candidate for Buhera West,
on Wednesday threatened to shoot an MDC-T polling agent for allegedly
pulling down his posters.
told us that he was walking to a party meeting when Mandipaka stopped
his car near Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s homestead
and threatened him with death.
that I was pulling down his posters and demanded to know why I was
wearing a party t-shirt. I thought I was going to die but thank
god he just got back to his car and drove off,’ Masosa said.
is using police resources including vehicles for his campaign, is
locking horns in the constituency with Jaison Mateweu, the former
organizing secretary of the MDC-T UK.
In Zvimba West
reports say that the Zanu-PF candidate Ziyambe Ziyambe is moving
around the constituency decampaigning the MDC-T candidate Paradzai
Munangatire, by claiming that he had resigned from contesting the
blasted Ziyambe for spreading falsehoods, saying it is an indication
that the Zanu-PF man knows he’s going to lose the poll.
certain of victory, he should be articulating his polices and not
lying to the people that I’m no longer contesting him. It’s
a shameful lie and he will be punished for that by the electorate,’
There is also
growing evidence that Zanu-PF is using coercion to get people to
attend Mugabe’s rallies. In Masvingo people were also forced
to attend his rally at Mucheke stadium.
meetings were held in all wards in the province, with just one message
being circulated, that people must attend Mugabe’s rally without
fail. There were warnings that those who not attending were MDC
and would be dealt with after the elections.
some schools are being forced to put on Zanu-PF regalia when conducting
their lessons. In other areas, war vets are threatening villagers
that they will be monitored throughout the voting process to ensure
that they do not vote for the MDC-T.
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