Rural folk starved into submission

Zimbabwe to experience drought

Zimbabwe to experience drought

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE ruling party of Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, is accused of perpetrating violence and denying drought-stricken opposition supporters food ahead of crucial by-elections in the ancient province of Masvingo.
Zanu (PF), which is increasing unpopular over economic crises, is contesting the Bikita West seat alongside several opposition parties and independent candidates.
Rivals have accused ruling party candidate, Beauty Chabaya, and her campaign team of violence and denying known and opposition supporters food aid.Zanu (PF) controls the distribution of aid in the drought-stricken country.Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), the non-governmental organisation, said the situation was dire ahead of polls set for January 21.
“Communities are being intimidated and mostly by being reminded of the past violence.
”Violations recorded in November 2016 indicated that there was high level of intimidation constituting 47,37%, and unfair distribution of food aid and farming inputs at 26,32%.
“Partisan distribution of public resources including food and farming inputs is a new violation compared to those recorded in the2000-2008 electoral episodes.”
Opposition supporters have reportedly been forced to attend Zanu (PF) rallies.
Chabaya denied the accusations.
Bikita West has experienced recurrent poll violence since the revival of the opposition in the late 1990s.

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