Poor villagers forced to fund Mugabe lavish rallies

bob-zanuFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe,HARARE, (CAJ News) – POVERTY-stricken community members and teachers are reportedly forced to contribute funds to finance rallies for President Mugabe’s election campaign ahead of the 2018 general polls.The rallies are to be held in all ten provinces in the country in the wake of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party targeting mobilising 100 000 youths per province.Gatherings called Youth interface meetings are underway and will pave way for Mugabe’s rallies.
In Mudzi and Wedza in Mashonaland East, people have been reportedly coerced into contributing money ranging from 50 cents (R6) to a dollar in order to ferry supporters to the rallies.Zimbabwe peace Project said this went against the will of many people who support the party but could not afford and those that did not support the party and had no ambitions of attending the event.
ZPP said it was also in possession of a list of teachers’ names from Munamba Primary School in Murehwa District who were forced to each contribute $1 towards preparations for the rallies.“It’s a violation of freedom of association to force people into contributing funds for and or attending events of a political party that they do not subscribe to,” the human rights body said.
Civil and political rights have been commonly violated ahead of previous opulent Zanu-PF rallies like the ‘One Million Man March’ and First Lady Grace Mugabe’s ‘Meet the People’ rallies.
In 2016, ahead of the ‘one million man march’ that was held in Harare,incidents of harassment and intimidation were reported.
Such violations where community members are forced to attend Zanu-PF rallies continue to occur despite the Zimbabwe Constitution prohibiting this.The increasingly unpopular Mugabe (93) faces a united opposition in 2018 in what analysts believe is his biggest threat to power since 1980. Among opponents is his former deputy, Joice Mujuru.
– CAJ News

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