Critics thumped, starved ahead of Zim elections

MDC-T-supportersFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWE’S political tensions and food shortages are worsening in what is seen as a ploy by the veteran President Robert Mugabe to intimidate opposition supporters ahead of watershed polls next year.
Opposition supporters have suffered the most violations and denied access to food aid in a country battling drought and economic problems.
The critics have been denied inputs in the Presidential Input Scheme and Command Agriculture programme, aimed at providing food aid and inputs for farming.
Government has identified over 800 000 households around the country to qualify for assistance but this has increased cases of food aid violations with the ruling party mostly implicated.
Chiefs, councillors and other community leaders mostly linked to the ruling party have been implicated in majority of the cases of politicisation of food aid.
Meanwhile, ahead of elections set for 2018, Zanu (PF) has been accused of unleashing violence against the opposition and critics.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) reported the month of January had many politically motivated violations.
“Most of the reported cases were harassment and intimidation of opposition political activists. Other prominent cases were those of deprivation of state sponsored food aid and inputs for farming.”
ZPP reports for January indicate 655 violations, 108 up from the previous month.
Members of the Movement for Democratic Change (34 percent) and Zimbabwe People First (over 6 percent) were the victims.
Some 134 perpetrators were affiliated to Zanu (PF), which is 78% of the figure.
The MDC-T recorded nine perpetrators while five culprits were police officers and a war veteran.
Zanu (PF) has denied accusations of rigging, violence and denying opposition food to retain power.
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