Mugabe supporters bash election candidate

zim electionFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – A ZIMBABWEAN parliamentary candidate has been assaulted and his agent shot as leading figures in President Robert Mugabe’s party incite hostilities towards by-election tomorrow (Saturday).
The National Constitutional Assembly candidate for Bikita West, Maddock Chivasa, hit on the head with the back of a pistol and broke an arm, while his agent, Thomas Mudzamiri, sustained gunshot. Perpetrators are alleged to be Zanu-PF supporters bused in from Marondera.
Police have refused to attend to the matters as they are “political cases.”
Threats have also cascaded as one Zanu-PF supporter, Philip Dhliwayo, announced soldiers, seen as partisan to the ruling party, had deployed in the constituency.
The threat is repeated after psychomotor minister Josiah Hungwe made the same threats towards the end of 2016.
Masvingo provincial affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa also urged the electorate to “vote wisely”, pointing to the rapid increase in hate speech.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project said tactics of intimidation had left locals fearing for their lives.
“The situation is cause for concern. Rights of the electorate are being flagrantly violated.”
There have been reports of threat to life, violence, partisan food distribution, vote buying, unwarranted voter assistance and intimidation by traditional leaders.
Chivasa is among several hopefuls vying for the parliamentary seat left vacant after the arrest of Zanu-PF’s Munyaradzi Kereke for statutory rape. The election comes in the back of protests against Zanu-PF.

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