Traditional leaders in Zaka and Bikita have raised concerns over interference by politicians in the issuance of proof of residence. The traditional leaders bemoaned that they are being given directives by some politicians to discriminate against opposition supporters in the issuance of proof of residence. This came out during four interface meetings organised by Community Action Accountability teams (CAATs) from the 10th – 13th of October 2017 in Zaka and Bikita. The interface meetings were part of commemorations to mark the International Day of Rural Women that is commemorated annually on the 15th of October.
The community interface meetings were conducted with the aim of affording community members an opportunity to meet with their community leaders to discuss pertinent issues affecting their community. In attendance were 233 community members (121 women and 12 men) 11 traditional leaders, 4 Ward Development Communities (WADCO) members and 3 Councillors.
The interface meetings tackled the most contentious issue of partisan distribution of food aid which was rampant both in Zaka and Bikita, mostly perpetrated by Traditional leaders and Councillors. Traditional leaders lamented the gross abuse they suffer at the hands of political leaders who include Councillors who from time to time issue them directives to distribute food aid in a partisan manner.
Community members also reported that they have witnessed an increase in cases of human rights violations emanating from the roll out of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise. Participants also noted that in some cases, traditional leaders were discriminating against opposition political activists in issuing out proof of residence documents. Violations recorded around the BVR varied from distortions around the BVR to being force-marching of people to registration centres. Community members also highlighted that this was posing a serious threat to the prevalence of peace and tolerance ahead of the 2018 plebiscite.
After the dialogues, traditional leaders promised to abide by the Constitution and resists pressure from political players to perpetrate human rights violations. CAATs also resolved to launch an awareness raising campaign on the need for community members to register peacefully and report BVR human rights violations to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Heal Zimbabwe also utilised the interface meetings to diffuse myths around the BVR and distributed fliers on the need for peace and tolerance during the BVR exercise. This feeds into its National Peace campaign, 13 Million Voices For Peace which seeks to encourage peace and tolerance ahead of the 2018 elections.
A CAAT is a safe space group of women and youths created by Heal Zimbabwe composed of women from diverse religious, political and socio-economic backgrounds working together to build peace and demand social accountability from duty bearers.
On 10 October 2017, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), launched a Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) blitz across the country. The blitz is a follow up to the launch of the BVR by President Mugabe on the 18th of September 2017. The registration process will last for 72 days and it will be held in four phases with each kit spending 16 days at the established centre. The first phase begins on the 10th of this month until the 25th, the second phase begins on the 29th up to the 13th of November, third phase from the 16th of November to the 1st of December and the fourth and last phase on the 4th to the 19th of December 2017.
Heal Zimbabwe through its resident human rights monitors in all the country’s 10 provinces is monitoring the environment during the voter registration exercise. This is being done with the objective of monitoring the environment and report on any cases of human rights violations during the process as well as making referrals where possible for redress. In 2016, HZT established an early warning and early response system for easy detection and response to cases of human rights violations.
Below is an update of the voter registration process from 02-11 October 2017:
Buhera ward 25
Vengai Muchinami a Village Development Committee (VIDCO) member intimidated community members during a community meeting conducted on the 2nd of October 2017 at Matsetsa Business Centre. He announced that the BVR process will allow ZANU PF to identify all community members who would have voted against ZANU PF. He also stated that once this is done, they will then embark on door to door exercises beating up the “culprits”.
Maramba Pfungwe ward 6
On Tuesday the 9th of October 2017, ZANU PF District chairperson Cleopas Kotuku, village head Chirinda and his secretary Edson Maworera forced people to pay 50 cents towards the issuance of the proof of residence to be used for the BVR process. This happened in Chirinda village in ward 6.
Maramba Pfungwe ward 6
Village head Kerious Marekera intimidated community members during a community meeting conducted on the 9th of October 2017 in Mukwatsine village. The village head ordered community members to submit registration slips to him once they register to vote. He further highlighted that the BVR process will reveal to ZANU PF the candidates that people will have voted for.
Maramba Pfungwe ward 1
Councillor Pedzisai Makoma intimidated community members during a meeting at Nyanzou Primary school on the 4th of October 2017. At this meeting, Councillor Makoma announced that people who will vote for the opposition will be detected by the BVR machines, hence they should repent from supporting the opposition. Councillor Makoma further highlighted that all opposition party supporters will be heavily beaten after the 2018 elections.
Maramba Pfungwe ward 2
Maramba Pfungwe Member of Parliament, Washington Musvaire intimidated village heads during a meeting conducted on the 10th of October 2017 at Gowe Business centre. He instructed all Village heads to record people’s names as they register to vote and ensure that they record their details and serial numbers of voter registration slips.
Mutoko South ward 26
ZANU PF District Chairperson Gift Chirova and Kudakwashe Nyagano told people at Corner Store Business centre in ward 26 that after registering to vote, each person should submit the serial number of the registration slip to their village heads and ZANU officials. They said this on the 9th of October 2017. Chirova and Nyagano threatened those who defy with violence and evictions.
Mutoko East ward 17
On 10 October 2017, ZANU PF Youth chairperson Kuda Kagoro directed all traditional leaders to force-march people to BVR registration centres. He instructed them that each traditional leader should go with people within his jurisdiction to the registration centre and make sure everyone registers to vote. Kagoro also told the Traditional leaders to compile names of people who refuse to cooperate.
Mutoko South ward 28
Councillor Tapiwa Chiziwe addressed a meeting at Hoyuyu Business centre on the 10th of October 2017. He told people that they were supposed to submit serial numbers of their registration slips to their village heads.
Mudzi South ward 13
On 10 October 2017, ZANU PF District Chairperson Smart Chizhowa ordered village heads to force-march people to BVR registration centres. Chizhowa also informed the Village heads to compile names of people as they register to vote.
Mudzi North ward 3
On 10 October 2017, David Chimukoko a former Councillor from ZANU PF ordered village heads to force people within their jurisdiction to go and register to vote. Chimukoko also told Village heads that they should compile names of people after registration.
Mutoko South ward 21
On 09 October 2017, a ZANU PF member only identified as Mai Rimakamwe took down voter registration slip serial numbers from people who had finished registering to vote at Gumbure Primary School.
Murehwa Ward 16
On 10 October 2017, ZANU PF ward chairperson, Temba Chimombe instructed Village heads not to sign affidavit forms for opposition party members. Chimombe also told the Village heads to compile names of everyone who registers to vote in the area.
Mt Darwin North ward 5
On 09 October 2017, Councillor Rainess Ben announced during a meeting at Tsenga Primary school that all Village heads were supposed to compile names of people who would have registered as voters. On 10 October 2017, Village heads Museredza and Kabayira were seen taking down serial numbers of voter slips from people who had registered.
Mt Darwin North ward 33
On 11 October 2017, Village heads Chiguma and Kambewu force marched people to Bandimba Primary school to register to vote.
Mt Darwin North ward 33
On 11 October 2017, Village heads Chiguma and Kambewu force-marched people to Bandimba Primary School to register to vote. The Village heads also told people to submit serial numbers of their registration slips to them after the registration process.
Bikita East Ward 20
On the 4th of October 2017, Councillor Martin Chiwacha addressed a meeting at Chiroorwe ward centre and announced that BVR machines will allow ZANU PF to identify opposition party supporters. He stated that after the 2018 elections, they will use information from the BVR equipments to identify all opposition party supporters. He further indicated that all those who will be identified shall be thoroughly beaten soon after the election results are announced hence people should vote “wisely”.
Chegutu East ward 17
On 8 October 2017, Councillor Michael Marecha convened a meeting at Musengezi farmers’ hall at Dombwe Township. At the meeting, he announced that the BVR is going to help ZANU PF identify opposition party members. He further stated that all those who will be detected to shall be beaten up soon after the 2018 election results are announced.
Kariba ward 3
On 10 0ctober 2017, ZANU PF District Chairperson, Clever Chitofu and ZANU PF member Wayne Muparaganda, took down serial numbers of voter registration slips from people who had registered to vote at Nyanheve Primary School and Ambassador Church polling station.
It is Heal Zimbabwe’s assertion that the new BVR system was supposed to be accompanied by a robust voter education exercise to dispel falsehoods and myths being peddled especially in rural areas. These lies and threats have a great potential of disenfranchising many people from exercising their democratic right of voting. Heal Zimbabwe has sent all these cases to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission for redress. The organisation will continue to monitor human rights violations around the registration process especially in political hotspots areas.
Heal Zimbabwe welcomes the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) blitz by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that has commenced today 10 October 2017 across the country. The blitz is a follow up to the launch of the BVR by President Mugabe on the 18th of September 2017.
The organisation calls upon all Zimbabweans 18 years and above to turn up for this essential constitutional process as it allows them to vote in the 2018 national elections. It is every eligible Zimbabwean’s right to register to vote and freely participate in electing leaders of choice. HZT therefore calls for peace and tolerance during the registration process. HZT further calls upon all electoral stakeholders to promote peace and a conducive environment for everyone to freely register to vote and actually vote without fear of violence. From the time the programme was launched, HZT through its resident human rights monitors in all the 10 Provinces has recorded several human rights violations around the roll out of the BVR process. Some of the human rights violations recorded range from voter intimidation and harassment mostly by unscrupulous political party members and Traditional leaders.
It is the considered view of Heal Zimbabwe that such human rights violations during the BVR process runs against the grain of Part 8 of the Electoral Act on Offences in Registration of Voters that criminalises acts of intimidation during voter registration. In light of this, Heal Zimbabwe implores political parties and the general public to register in peace and maintain community cohesion through appreciating and respecting diverse views, opinions and choices.
The BVR blitz will last for 72 days and it will be held in four phases with each kit spending 16 days at the established centre. The first phase begins on the 10th of this month until the 25th, the second phase begins on the 29th up to the 13th of November, third phase from the 16th of November to the first of December and the fourth and last phase on the 4th to the 19th of December. As part of encouraging peaceful participation of Zimbabweans in electoral processes, Heal Zimbabwe has embarked on a nationwide peace campaign: 13 Million Voices For Peace. The organisation is targeting youth, aspiring candidates, traditional leaders, political parties, women and men. Several public peace awareness exercises have been lined up that includes, peace concerts, sports for peace tournaments, public peace pledges, radio peace talk shows, nhimbes, community interface dialogues, peace clean up campaigns and peace information kiosks at growth points and public places among other initiatives.
Peace Begins with me, Peace begins with you and Peace begins with all of us #13milvoices4Peace, #ivote4peace2018.
Community Action Accountability Teams (CAATs), established by communities working with Heal Zimbabwe in Gutu and Zaka facilitated four community interface meetings with traditional leaders from 19-21 September 2017. The dialogue sessions came as some traditional leaders are being accused of harassing and intimidating community members around the Biometric Voter Registration process.
The objective of the interface meetings was to create a platform for community members to interface and interact with duty bearers on critical issues affecting the community. Some of the major issues that came out during the interface meeting include 1) partisan conduct of traditional leaders in issuing proof of residence for the BVR process ii) forced attendance to political gatherings iii) unfair food aid distribution. The interface meetings were attended by a total of 250 people (101 men and 149 women), nine Traditional leaders, one councillor, two School Development Committee members SDCs), seven Village Development Committees (VIDCOs) and three Ward Development Committees (WADCO) members.
As a way forward, the interface meetings resolved that the CAATs together with the traditional leaders and other opinion leaders collaborate and carry out public awareness campaigns on the importance of peace, tolerance, social cohesion ahead of the elections. During the public awareness campaigns, HZT shall also facilitate for organisations working on elections such as ERC and ZESN to attend and raise awareness on the BVR process as a contribution towards peaceful and credible elections. Traditional leaders were also encouraged to acquaint themselves with their constitutional obligations and duties such as not participating in partisan politics or furthering the interests of any political parties as outlined in Section 281 of the Constitution. Members of the CAATs also appealed to community members to approach them with cases of human rights violations so that they can facilitate for them to report the cases to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) for redress.
A CAAT is a safe space group of women and youths from diverse religious, political and socio-economic backgrounds working together to build peace and demand social accountability from duty bearers.
Heal Zimbabwe strongly condemns the unlawful arrest of #ThisFlag Movement Founder, Pastor Evan Mawarire. Pastor Mawarire was arrested while preaching at his church on 24 September 2017, and is being charged with subverting a constitutionally elected Government as defined in Section 22 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. The charge emanates from a video he circulated on Saturday 23 September 2017 on social media over Zimbabwe’s worsening economic crisis.
Heal Zimbabwe notes that the infringement of citizens’ rights such as unlawful arrests and detentions are a violation of citizens’ fundamental human rights as provided for in the constitution. The arrest of Mawarire comes hardly a year after the Government solemnly committed to foster a culture of promoting and protecting human rights during a United Nations Human Rights Universal Periodic Review council that was held in Switzerland in November 2016.
Heal Zimbabwe implores the Government to desist from using arbitrary arrests as a way of silencing citizens from expressing their fundamental human rights and freedoms such as freedom of expression. Section 61 of the Constitution stipulates that (i) Every person has the right to freedom of expression, which includes (a) freedom to seek, receive and communicate ideas and other information (b) freedom of artistic expression and scientific research and creativity. Instead of using unlawful arrests against citizens, Government must rather address the economic challenges bedeviling the country which have led to the spiraling of prices on basic commodities and shortage of fuel. The organization further calls upon the Government to curb the mushrooming black market that is creating unnecessary panic and anxiety amongst the populace. HZT further calls for the unconditional release of Pastor Mawarire.
Annexure: Specific Cases Recorded:
Midlands Gokwe South ward 33
ZANU PF ward Chairman, Johnson Sithole and Peter Mbakadha (a retired soldier) on 27 August intimidated community members during a community sports tournament organised by Hon Miriam Makweya at Nyamacheni Business Centre in ward 33. Sithole and Mbakadha threatened all opposition supporters with violence if they continue campaigning for their political parties in the area. The two indicated that the directive was coming from the ZANU PF MP for Gokwe Mapfungautsi Miriam Makweya.
Gokwe South ward 19
Gokwe-Kana Member of Parliament Hon Owen Ncube intimidated village heads during a ZANU PF meeting conducted at Kudiwa Business centre on the 12th of September 2017. Hon Ncube ordered village heads to compile names of community members within their jurisdiction and make sure they register to vote and vote for ZANU PF in the pending 2018 elections. He further threatened that all those who defy shall be dethroned from their positions.
Mashonaland East Maramba ward 6
ZANU PF District Political Commissar, Tendai Zihwa intimidated community members during a ZANU PF restructuring meeting at Saparanyambuya ward centre on the 22nd of August 2017. Zihwa addressed the meeting where he barred opposition political parties from conducting any activities in the area. He went further to state that all known opposition supporters in the area will be assisted to vote in the 2018 elections.
Mudzi North ward 1
Mudzi North Member of Parliament Hon Newton Kachepa on the 12th of September 2017 intimidated community members during a Rally that took place at Nyamapanda Growth Point. MP Kachepa declared that everyone in the constituency must vote for ZANU PF or risk being beaten up like what transpired during the 2008 election violence.
Mudzi North ward 1
Intimidation and forced attendance to political gatherings.
ZANU PF youth led by Gift Tembo, John Karonga and Tatenda Karonga intimidated and forced community members to attend a rally addressed by Mudzi North Member of Parliament, Newton Kachepa on the 12th of September 2017 at Nyamapanda Growth Point. The three ordered vendors in the growth point to close their kiosks and attend the rally. They threatened those who tried to resist with violence. The victims had no option but to oblige.
Mashonaland Central Mt Darwin ward 31 –
ZANU PF District Chairperson Emerson Climate, Village head Chimbuwe and Headman Kaitano intimidated community members during a ZANU PF restructuring meeting on the 27th of August 2017 in Mumba Village. The three took turns to threaten community members with violence if they campaign for opposition political parties in the area.
Mt Darwin North ward 3
Chief Chiswiti on the 1st of September 2017 forced village heads to chant ZANU PF slogans during a community meeting held at Gomo Primary School. The Chief threatened the village heads with violence if ZANU PF fails to win the 2018 elections.
Muzarabani South ward 22
Ward 22 Councillor Sarudzai Mutyavaviri and Darlington Mungwariri, a ZANU PF member intimidated community members during a ZANU PF restructuring exercise at Chaona Business Centre on the 27th of August 2017. The two threatened community members with evictions if they are caught supporting opposition political parties.
Muzarabani South ward 20
ZANU PF District Chairman Jack Chawurira intimidated community members during a meeting conducted in the ward centre on the 1st of September 2017. Chawurira ordered village heads to compile names of eligible voters in the area and make sure they all vote for ZANU PF in the upcoming 2018 elections. He further threatened that those who fail to vote for ZANU PF will be known and exposed as the new BVR process allows them to monitor voting patterns.
Muzarabani North ward 17
Village head George Bumhira assaulted Nelson Shengweni an MDC T member on the 22nd of August 2017 in Muchembere village. The village head accused the victim of disrespecting ZANU PF people by passing through a ZANU PF gathering. Shengweni sustained head injuries and had to be treated at Hoya Clinic. The case has since been reported to the local police station but no arrests have been made.
Mazowe Central ward 12
Forced Contribution to political gatherings.
Five unidentified ZANU PF youth moved around the ward forcing community members to make $0.50 contributions on the 4th of September 2017. The youths highlighted that the $0.50 contributions were for transporting people to the Presidential youth interface rally held in Bindura on the 9 th of September 2017 at Chipadze stadium.
Manicaland Nyanga North ward 9
Village head Doreen Mandidewa forced community members to reveal the political parties they support for them to receive food aid. This happened in Mandidewa village on the 15th of September 2017 during an aid distribution meeting. Everyone present had to declare that they support ZANU PF for them to receive agricultural inputs donated under the Command Agriculture programme.
Masvingo Bikita West Ward 9
The house belonging to Enerst Manjonjo an MDC supporter was burnt to ashes on the 26th of August 2017 by suspected ZANU PF youth. A Police report was made at Bikita Police Station but no arrests or evidence of investigations have commenced to date.
Mashonaland West Hurungwe West ward 15 –
Forced attendance to political gatherings.
Village head Aleck Muzazi forced and intimidated community members to attend ZANU PF restructuring meetings on the 4th of September 2017 at Chiedza Business Centre. Muzazi highlighted that all who defied his order are “sell-outs” who will be heavily beaten in the coming elections.
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Heal Zimbabwe expresses great concern over the recent admission by Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandiitawepi Chimene that indeed there was fatal shooting of diamond panners by State security agents assigned to guard the Chiadzwa in 2008.
Minister Chimene made the comments during a dialogue meeting on Marange Community Benefit Schemes organized by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) in Mutare last week. In her presentation Minister Chimene urged the government to end the use of brute force on diamond informal diamond miners. “It is not good for us as government to always fire guns at them, we need the right approach to deal with illegal panners, there is need to have dialogue with them “she said.
The need for closure on the atrocities committed in Chiadzwa during the scramble for diamonds in 2008 when government launched a brutal clampdown on illegal panners that was codenamed Operation Hakudzokwi (No Return) can never be overemphasized. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, more than 200 people were killed in Chiadzwa in 2008.
Heal Zimbabwe urges the 8th Parliament to fulfill Section 252 of the Constitution by operationalizing the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission through passing of the NPRC Bill. This will allow the Commission to
- Develop programs to ensure that persons subjected to persecution, torture and other forms of abuse receive rehabilitative treatment and support
- Receive and consider complaints from the publics and to take such action in regard to the complaints as it considers appropriate.
- Recommend legislation to ensure that assistance, including documentation, is rendered to persons affected by conflicts.
The NPRC also has the mandate to prevent recurrence of violence by developing mechanisms for early detection of areas of conflict and disputes and to take appropriate measures to provide preventive measures.
Heal Zimbabwe notes with great concern the increase in cases of citizen misinformation and intimidation emanating from how the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system works. Heal Zimbabwe through its trained Human Rights Monitors (HRMs) has been monitoring the electoral environment ahead of the voter registration exercise and has noted an increase in cases of human rights violations where some overzealous political activists are saying the BVR system is capable of allowing political parties to see how one votes.
Such lies about the BVR have been recorded in Hurungwe North ward 9, Mudzi North ward 17, Muzarabani ward 10, Bindura, Pfungwe ward 9 and Bikita West ward 10. Heal Zimbabwe notes that such incidences of misinformation work against voter education and mobilization ahead of the BVR voter registration exercise that will commence in October 2017.
The BVR system is a commendable and noble process which is in line with International and regional best practices on elections such as SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections. Such principles compel member states such as Zimbabwe to ensure that electoral bodies carry robust voter registration exercises.
In light of this, ZEC and all voter educators must move in to conduct a robust awareness raising exercise to diffuse myths and suspicions around the implementation of the BVR. Heal Zimbabwe implores ZEC to continue fulfilling its constitutional mandate by continuing to receive, consider complaints from the public around the BVR and take appropriate action in that regard.
Traditional leaders in Gokwe Sesame and Mbire have publicly condemned violence and called for unity and peace ahead of the 2018 elections. This came out during two Sports for tournaments conducted in Mbire and Gokwe on 26 August 2017 respectively.
In Mbire, the Sports for peace tournament was held at Mushumbi Primary school in ward 9. The sports tournament was conducted under Heal Zimbabwe’s National Peace Campaign for peaceful 2018 elections running under the theme: 13MillionVoicesForPeace. The campaign seeks to raise awareness on the need for peace and tolerance ahead of the 2018 elections. A total of six soccer teams and six netball teams competed for the prestigious youth peace trophy. The sports tournament was attended by community leaders that include 8 village heads, 4 police officers and a representative from the Mbire Rural District Council. A total of 650 community members attended the sports tournament. Pools Medical football club won the soccer trophy whilst Mbire Queens netball team scooped the netball trophy.
In Gokwe Sesame the sports for peace tournament was conducted at Svisvi Primary school in ward 12. The tournament saw 10 soccer teams and 8 netball teams battling it out for the peace cup. The tournament was attended by 500 people and 8 Village heads. Svisvi netball team won the peace cup in the netball category while All Stars football team won in the soccer category.
As has become the norm during Heal Zimbabwe’s Sports for peace tournaments, all the participating teams pledged for peace before kick-off and vowed to continue propagating the message of peace and tolerance ahead of the looming 2018 elections. Issues that came out during the Sport tournaments in Gokwe and Mbire is the fact that during elections, youths are usually targeted to perpetrate violence by unscrupulous political actors. To counter this, participating youths’ teams however vowed to continue using sports as a tool to encourage tolerance and peace. Some of the Traditional leaders who attended the sports tournaments also promised to work hand in glove with the youths in a quest for peaceful and violent free 2018 elections. “…We are very grateful for the sports for peace tournaments as they help build peace and tolerance among the youths. Violence must be condemned and we will assist and support the youths as they campaign for peace ahead of the 2018 elections”, said one Traditional leader.
The sports tournament was one among many sports tournaments currently being conducted by Heal Zimbabwe country wide to reach out to the Zimbabwean populace on the need for peace ahead of the 2018 elections. Heal Zimbabwe will continue engaging and monitoring the teams that participated in the sports tournament and ensure that they mainstream peace through sport in their communities.
Mashonaland West-Makonde Ward 16
ZANU PF Chairperson for Makonde District Bruce Pedzisai on the 24th of July 2017 intimidated community members during a community meeting conducted at the ward centre. Pedzisai ordered that everyone in the ward should vote for ZANU PF or risk being beaten up in the upcoming 2018 elections.
Mashonaland West-Kariba ward 1
ZANU PF Chairperson only identified as Mr Sikanako on the 24th of July 2017 intimidated Nyamhunga residents and ordered them to join ZANU PF cell structures if they wanted to be “protected” from violence in the upcoming 2018 elections. This took place at Sikanako’s homestead in Nyamhunga location.
Midlands- Gokwe South ward 16
The Hon Member of Parliament for Gokwe Mapfungautsi, Miriam Makweya on the 24th of July 2017 banned opposition supporters from conducting any opposition meetings in the ward. This took place at Chitapo Business Centre. She highlighted that all those who defy will be heavily beaten in the upcoming 2018 elections.
Mashonaland West-Hurungwe North ward 9
Ward 9 Councillor, Dickson Munyoro and Peter Madamombe a retired soldier on the 24th of July 2017 intimidated community members during a ZANU PF restructuring meeting in Kazungu village. The duo highlighted that the new Biometric Voter Registration process allows 5 ZANU PF to know who would have voted for the opposition in the area. They further stated that all those who shall vote for the opposition will be evicted from the area.
Three NewsDay Journalists, Obey Manayiti, Abigail Matsikidze, Shepherd Tozvireva and their driver Raphael Phiri were on the 27th of July assaulted by the police in the CBD for taking photographs of plain clothed police detail wielding spikes. The four were detained at Harare Central Police Station. Obey Manayiti sustained injuries on the lips and on the right eye from the assault.
Masvingo-Gutu South ward 6
Intimidation and forced participation in political gatherings
ZANU PF youth identified as Brian Munyoro and Magumise on the 28th of July 2017 threatened community members with violence if they fail to join the ZANU cell and branch restructuring process which was being conducted at Matutu Business Centre.
Masvingo-Gutu South Ward 30
On the 24th of July 2017, Godfrey Zishumba, a war veteran announced to school children at Nerupiri Secondary school that they should inform their parents of a ZANU PF restructuring meeting scheduled for 26 July. He further indicated that those who fail to attend risk being beaten up in the upcoming elections.
Masvingo-Gutu West ward 6
ZANU PF ward chairman, Wenceslaus Madhai on the 1st of August 2017 intimidated community members during a restructuring exercise at his homestead in Matoto village. Madhai labelled all opposition supporters “sell outs” who should be evicted from the area before the 2018 elections.
Masvingo-Chivi South ward 25 –
ZANU PF activists, Gwaungana Chiozva, Charles Chigaridzano and William Marandure on the 12th of August 2017 intimidated community members during a tombstone unveiling ceremony in Pedzisai village. The trio threatened all opposition supporters at the event with violence if they do not join ZANU PF before the 2018 elections. The three also indicated that they are in the process of compiling names of all opposition supporters in the area so that they do not receive food aid.
Mashonaland East-Mutoko ward 6
ZANU PF ward chairman Lordwell Chibanda on the 25th of July 2017 addressed a community meeting at Chiutsi Hall. At the meeting, he indicated that all known opposition supporters shall be denied proof of residence letters by traditional leaders when voter registration commences.
Mashonaland East-Mudzi North ward 17
On the 26th of July 2017 Councillor Kenneth Makarutse intimidated village heads during a ZANU PF restructuring meeting at Musawu Primary School. Makarutse ordered all village heads present to begin compiling names of all community members who are eligible to vote and submit the names to the ZANU ward Chairman. He stated that all those who defy the order shall be heavily beaten up in the upcoming elections.
Mashonaland East- Mudzi north ward 17
ZANU PF youth member Phineas Kamhapa on the 29th of July 2017 intimidated community members during a meeting at Fuchira Primary School. Kamhapa threatened to evict all opposition supporters in the area before the voter registration process kicks off. He gave them an ultimatum to defect to ZANU PF by the 30th of September 2017.
Manicaland-Nyanga South ward 19
A group of ZANU PF youth led by Luke Fore on the 30th of July assaulted an MDC T activist, Malvern Chigwanda at Sedze Primary School. They accused him of campaigning for his sister 7 an independent candidate, Judith Chigwanda who is contesting in the local government by election slated for 26 August 2017. Malvern Chigwanda sustained injuries on the head and is currently admitted at Nyanga Hospital. A police report was made at Nyanga Police station but no arrest has been made.
Nyanga South ward 19
ZANU PF Provincial chairman for Manicaland Samuel Undenge on the 4th of August 2017 intimidated village heads during a ZANU PF meeting conducted at Sedze Business Centre. Undenge ordered the traditional leaders present to mobilise people to join ZANU PF or risk losing their monthly stipend.
Nyanga North ward 4
Forced financial contributions to political party activities.
Rodgers Bhamusi, the Ruwangwe Secondary School Headmaster on the 9th of August 2017 ordered teachers to make $1 contributions towards the Heroes Day Commemorations during a staff meeting convened at the school. He threatened that those who refuse risk losing their jobs. The directive had come from Mr Zimunya of Nyanga Department of District Development Fund in the form of a written letter.
Nyanga South ward 19
Two ZANU PF activists, Brighton Gutu and Kudzanai Mariwo on the 11th of August 2017 intimidated community members at Sedze Business Centre. The two moved around the business centre threatening people with violence if ZANU PF fails to win the council by election slated for 26 August 2017. The seat fell vacant following the death of MDC T Councillor Alexander Muchadei.
Muzarabani ward 10
Intimidation ZANU PF activists, Club Safarawa, Mubaiwa Mukano and Never Chengeta on the 28th of July 2017 intimidated community members during a ZANU PF restructuring meeting at Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Musakanyi village. The trio took turns to address the crowd where 8 they lied that the new BVR process allows ZANU PF to know who would have voted for the opposition in the area. They then urged opposition supporters to defect to ZANU PF before the voter registration process commences.
Muzarabani North ward 8
ZANU PF ward chairman Denshot Mazarura and Councillor Norman Chizeya on the 3rd of August 2017 intimidated community members during a funeral in Gunduza village. They took turns to address the gathering where they highlighted that all opposition supporters will be evicted from the area before the voter registration process commences. They forced everyone at the funeral to chant ZANU PF slogans.
Mashonaland West- Zvimba South ward 23
Intimidation and forced attendance to political gatherings.
ZANU PF Branch Chairman Japhet Nyafeso forced and intimidated residents to attend a ZANU PF youth interface rally that was addressed by President Mugabe in Chinhoyi on the 29th of July 2017. He forced people to suspend their daily activities and attend the rally or risk being beaten up. The perpetrator also forced opposition supporters in ward 23 to surrender their party regalia to him as a sign of defecting to ZANU PF. Zvimba ward 23 – Forced attendance to political gatherings and intimidation ZANU PF ward youth leader, Wonder Hutepafi on the 27th of July 2017 forced community members to attend the ZANU PF youth interface rally in Chinhoyi on Saturday 29 July 2017. Hutepafi threatened those who defied with violence and eviction from the area.
Midlands- Zvishavane ward 8
On the 2nd August 2017, ZANU PF ward chairman Jackson Nyoni intimidated community members during a ZANU PF restructuring meeting at Musvinwa ward centre in Murovanidze village. At the meeting, he indicated that all the names of opposition supporters should be 9 compiled and handed over to him and in turn he will make sure they do not get proof of residence to register as voters.
Disruption of political gatherings
Members of the police in riot gear disrupted an MDC T meeting at the party offices in Bindura on the 3rd of August 2017. The meeting had to be abruptly stopped as the police where threatening to arrest the participants. Hurungwe West ward 24 – Intimidation ZANU PF youth chairman James Madziva on the 12th of August 2017 intimidated community members during ZANU PF restructuring meetings conducted at Deve Business Centre and Chisipiti Primary School. Madziva threatened opposition supporters with violence if they do not defect to ZANU PF.
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