War ‘Vets’Forcing Villagers To Attend VP Mujuru Rally
Villagers in Masvingo south have expressed dismay
over war veterans who have engaged a door to door terror exercise forcing
them to attend a rally to be addressed by Vice president Joyce Mujuru at
Tokwane- Ngundu irrigation scheme on Friday as Zanu (PF) intensifies
campaign for elections it intends to force this year.
The rowdy former liberation fighters led by their controversial national
leader,Jabulani Sibanda who is camping in the district after resisting a
move to chase him away by a defacto-provincial executive leadership, is
threatening villagers who fail to attend the rally with untold suffering.
Villagers also said the war ‘vets’ have instructed traditional leaders and
village heads to compile registers of their subjects so that they will mark
those who will be absent and present when Mujuru addresses her rally.
“We are being intimidated and threatened by these rogue liberation fighters
who are moving house by house. They visited my homestead in the early hours
…and demanded my presence at the rally saying failure to do so will see
surmount to physical discipline, “ said Edmore Gwasengwa of Chisase village.
He however expressed concern over the continued violation of their human
rights as they are entitled to a political party to support and subsequently
attend its rallies.
“This is violation of our rights, how could will be forced to attend a rally
by some members of a political party I do not subscribe to. I have to go
there for the sake of protecting my life and my family, “he said.
The war veterans are allegedly telling the villagers that those who snub
Mujuru rally will be labelled MDCT supporters and will be punished for
contributing to their President Robert Mugabe’s loss in 2008 March general
elections when he was thrashed by the then opposition leader, Prime Minister
Sarudzai Janganidzwa said she was instructed to come with all her family
“They said if I do not attend the rally it means that I will be an MDCT
supporter so they will beat me for voting against Zanu (PF) in 2008,’’ she
Masvingo Provincial Information office confirmed the rally but denied claims
of threatening villagers to attend while Zanu (PF) chairman, Lovemore Matuke
declined to comment.
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