ZANU PF intimidation leaves Gokwe residents ‘living in fear’

July 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

By Alex Bell

Residents in Gokwe are said to be living in fear because of worsening ZANU 
PF led intimidation and harassment, with suspected supporters of the MDC-T 
being threatened.

According to the Midlands based Zimbabwe Organization For The Youth In 
Politics (ZOYP), ZANU PF is terrorizing people in Ward 7, Huchu in Gokwe. 
The group has received reports about a door-to-door ‘decampaigning’ exercise 
taking place, with ZANU PF supporters threatening all MDC-T supporters.

ZANU PF members in the area have also been accused of defacing posters 
advertising a MDC-T rally happening there next Wednesday. ZOYP also reported 
that people were being forced to hand over any MDC-T party regalia, and were 
threatened with expulsion from the area if they did not.

ZOYP Director Nkosilathi Moyo told SW Radio Africa that people “are now 
living in fear as the situation is now highlighting another 2008 scenario 
knocking at their doors.”

“This election has already lost credibility, because it is becoming 
increasing difficult for people to freely participate in the electoral 
process,” Moyo said.

Incidents of intimidation are also being reported with increasing frequency 
in other parts of the country. Sources told SW Radio Africa on Monday that 
in Marondera, ZANU PF supporters allegedly ‘frog marched’ residents to a 
rally being addressed by Robert Mugabe.

A similar incident saw market stalls and shops in Mbare being shut down by 
members of the ZANU PF youth gang, Chipangano, who forced residents to 
attend ZANU PF rally addressed by Joice Mujuru.

SW Radio Africa was unable to contact ZANU PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo. But 
he told the NewsDay newspaper that he was not aware of people being forced 
to attend ZANU PF rallies.
“I don’t know what is happening in Harare, but where I am we have more than 
3 000 people whom we are giving party regalia and they came on their own. 
The truth of the matter will be seen on voting day,” Gumbo said. 

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