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Annexure: Specific Cases Recorded:

Midlands Gokwe South ward 33

 Intimidation

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

 Intimidation

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

Intimidation

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

 Intimidation

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 –

Intimidation

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

Intimidation

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

 Intimidation

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

Intimidation

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

 Assault

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

 Intimidation

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

Arson

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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