Muzarabani crackdown: 33 displaced

MUZARABANI - At least 33 people have been displaced from their homes as post-election “violence” takes a toll in Mashonaland Central Province.

The 10 families gathered at MDC vice district chairman Jackson Rumero’s homestead at Alpha resettlement in Muzarabani South said the situation had been volatile starting on the eve of elections, with alleged Zanu PF youths in the area threatening all opposition supporters who refused to be assisted to vote.

“We are not safe at all anymore,” Patrick Machaya of Ward 11 said.

“The life we are living is the same as that of animals. Everywhere I went before coming here, I would meet people who would tell me that it was now pay back time. Sleeping in a mountain when we have homes is something else.”

The families accused Zanu PF district chairman Jack Chawarura, and Chief Chiweshe of working in cahoots with village heads and youths to implement the terror campaign.

Zanu PF won by a two thirds majority in the July 31 election largely described by MDC as fraudulent and marred with electoral violations, despite Sadc and the African Union reporting the poll as free and peaceful.

Agnes Mazhina — who was contesting against Alfonse Chiwashira of Zanu PF in Ward 9 Chiwashira — said she heard from party youths on election day that her opponent had ordered the youths to deal with them.

“I cannot sleep at all,” Mazhina said. “I have been staying here for five days. My polling agents also had to run away because they had threats hanging on their heads every hour. We do not have enough food let alone blankets with these children.

“Our crime is that we fought for our right to vote and refused to be assisted. I was told that they wanted to get rid of every adamant MDC supporter before 2018,” Mazhina said, pointing at her 10-month-old son.

The families alleged many MDC supporters gave in to the threats as they “repented” through assisted voting.

Muzarabani is a political hotbed with at least 22 MDC officials and supporters having been slain in cold blood during the 2008 bloody presidential runoff.

MDC claims that a total of 200 people lost their lives nationwide during the 2008 election.

Rumero, who appealed for aid also said he feared for his family and the lives of his new extended family.

“You never know when they will strike, for how long will I be able to keep them here? Why are they hunting for people when they won the election? I just hope they do not plan to repeat their 2008 killing spree,” he said.

Rumero’s son, Shylock, said over 30 percent of voters at Mhene polling station were assisted voters.

“What is annoying is some of these people we know they are not disabled and are literate. Our party should do something, we need protection. We are prepared to fight for our vote and freedom,” he said.

The villagers’ plight was alleviated by humanitarian non-governmental organisation Heal Zimbabwe who have been assisting them with basic needs and relocation logistics.

Zanu PF provincial chairperson Dickson Mafios dismissed the allegations as unfounded.

“Those are false allegations being levelled against a party that has won the election resoundingly,” Mafios said.

“We are actually preaching post-election peace now and our people understand that there is no point in insulting people who have lost like that,” he added, inviting the complainants to bring their case to him.

Comments (1)

Let the evidence of technology take place. Use cell phones to take pictures of these marrauding gangs of zanupf and let the international community know, not this dickson mafios, how can he acknowledge that. zanupfis capable of doing such things. Impunity is what has killed the democratic space.

rita makarau - 9 August 2013

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