Zimbabwe’s partisan military bashes Mugabe’s critics

CIO Boss Happyton bonyongwe ,Constantine chiwenga with Robert Mugabe

CIO Boss Happyton bonyongwe ,Constantine chiwenga with Robert Mugabe

From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN security forces and ruling party members have embarked on a crackdown against opposition supporters ahead of the general polls set for 2018.
This has cast doubt over the credibility of the polls that are seen as the most crucial since the ruling Zanu-PF and President Robert Mugabe ascended to power in 1980.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project has reported a spike in violations, with the uniformed forces fingered in the abuse of 655 victims of political violence, recorded in March.
The non-governmental organisation said of the 263 perpetrators during the period, 167 violators were affiliated to the ruling party.
Eighty one perpetrators were police officers while eight perpetrators where from the Zimbabwe National Army.
Two of the perpetrators were from the feared Central Intelligence Organisation operatives unpopular over the years for abducting critics of the Mugabe regime.
Four perpetrators could not be established which party they were affiliated to but one violator was from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
The ruling party is also perpetually organising and campaigning, resulting in people forced to attend party meetings or denied food and other aid on partisan basis.
Citizens have continually been threatened with unspecified action if they do not vote for Zanu-PF. Traditional leaders have been actively campaigning for the party in violation of the constitution.
ZPP said it was evident citizens are living in fear as they are told that their vote is not a secret in the 2018 elections.
“In March and the previous month,  it is clear that Zanu-PF is restructuring its local structures and causing untold suffering for those suspected to belong to the opposition.”
The organisation blamed Mugabe’s party for fanning hate language against those opposed to Mugabe’s administration.
Mugabe, who will be aged 94 during polls, is facing his sternest test to his decades-long stranglehold on power, attributed to partisanship, vote rigging and violence against opposition.

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