Voters starved, bullied in upcoming Zim poll

Voters starved, bullied in upcoming Zim poll

Voters starved, bullied in upcoming Zim poll

from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ALLEGATIONS of victimisation, intimidation of voters and partisan food distribution by the ruling Zanu (PF) have emerged ahead of crucial by-elections set for this weekend in eastern Zimbabwe.

Rights groups reported the period leading up to the poll in Chimanimani had seen opposition supporters denied food aid in the drought-prone country.

It is further reported only ZANU (PF) supporters and villagers who produced voter registration slips benefited.

Village heads loyal to President Robert Mugabe have been intimidating villagers by making announcements to the effect that Zanu (PF) supporters are the only ones who should vote on Saturday.

State security agents have also been accused of visiting campaigners of contesting candidates and ordering them to stop their campaigns.

Members of the army and police have also been spotted driving around Chimanimani West over the last fortnight instilling fear among the electorate while activities of contesting candidates as their meetings are disrupted.

Zimbabwe Peace Project condemned the violations.

The seat fell vacant after Munacho Mutezo was fired from Zanu (PF) over his association with Mugabe’s axed deputy, Joice Mujuru.

– CAJ News

 

 

 

 

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