Declare yourselves illiterate, Zanu PF tells voters

HARARE - Zanu PF officials are reportedly asking voters to declare they are “illiterate” when they cast their ballots during the Bikita West by-election so that they can be assisted to vote by Zanu PF youths.

Bikita South legislator Jeppy Jaboon and Zanu PF politburo member Josiah Hungwe are said to have made the startling remarks at a Zanu PF rally on Saturday at Bikita Minerals Recreation Hall.

“Zanu PF ward chairperson Simon Muchafa called people for a rally . . . attended by . . . Jaboon, Zanu PF candidate Beauty Chabaya and Zanu PF politburo member . . . Hungwe,” Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) said in report.

“Jaboon and Hungwe emphasised that the people should declare themselves illiterate on the day of the by-election so that they can be assisted by Zanu PF youths whom they said will be deployed at every polling station on the day of the by-election.”

However, Jaboon denied the allegation saying it could have been someone else not him.

“I never said that, this is a democratic country and I can’t say that,” he said.

Efforts to get comment from Hungwe were fruitless as his mobile phone was reachable.

HZT said intimidation was increasing in the constituency ahead of the by-election slated for Saturday.

HZT is a non-profit peace building organisation established in 2009 with a mission to prevent and transform conflicts in Zimbabwe with a particular focus on social justice and human rights protection.

“Between January 12-15th alone, HZT recorded 33 cases of human rights violations mostly perpetrated by Zanu PF against opposition members and the electorate in general,” the HZT report said.

The rights organisation also noted with concern a continuous involvement of traditional leaders in mobilising citizens to political gatherings and perpetuating political intimidation.

This is despite provisions of Section 281–282 of the Constitution which specifically forbids traditional leaders to (a) be members of any political party or in any way participate in partisan politics.

HZT also noted partisan distribution of food aid at Zanu PF rallies.

“Fertilisers were also given to people who had produced registration slips at the meeting. Jaboon also announced that Zanu PF had compiled serial numbers on the registration slips and said that this would help them identify people who would vote for Zanu PF,” the HRT report further reads.

The organisation said it is, however, plausible that there are no visible cases of torture, murder, abductions and other gross human rights violations.

“Citizens should become more conscious of their surroundings in order to protect themselves from violence and intimidation,” HZT said, adding “we anticipate a further increase on intimidation cases and a surge in forced participation in political gatherings given the number of scheduled mega rallies in the next few days.

“Political canvassing will intensify in these campaign finishing days.

“We also implore political parties and independent candidates to campaign peacefully and desist from using violent strategies that are likely to compromise the participation of Bikita West voters.”

Bikita West is set to host final mega rallies with Zanu PF holding its last one today and ZPF tomorrow.

Comments (5)

These zanu pf dogs never cease to amaze me.Their only goal is to see zanu pf winning at all costs by hook or crook,never mind the poverty that the mafia organisation has caused due to their misrule and heavy handedness.People like Jaboon or is it Baboon,belong to the stone age era and no wonder why this baboon is trying to arm twist the electorate to declare that they are illiterate so that the mafia's youth will vote for them.Shame on Josiah Dunira Hungwe and Jaboon aka Baboon and shame on your families for having blood thirsty vampires like you as their fathers.

Janana wa Bikaz - 18 January 2017

These zanu pf dogs never cease to amaze me.Their only goal is to see zanu pf winning at all costs by hook or crook,never mind the poverty that the mafia organisation has caused due to their misrule and heavy handedness.People like Jaboon or is it Baboon,belong to the stone age era and no wonder why this baboon is trying to arm twist the electorate to declare that they are illiterate so that the mafia's youth will vote for them.Shame on Josiah Dunira Hungwe and Jaboon aka Baboon and shame on your families for having blood thirsty vampires like you as their fathers.

Janana wa Bikaz - 18 January 2017

It has bn their method since many yrs ago-intimidating voters,threatening opposition supporters to limp,&create a condition to require assistance in the pooling boxes & a zanu pf member would jump for the assistance, voting for zanu pf in their steady-whichz quite mischievious &uncalled for.Failure to do that,they would be threatened with some unspecified action.The chiefs would group their subjects & set them to vote in a patternic way presumbly to enable later identifications&reprimand.I urge these rights groupsh(HZT) to investigate these abuses seriously & help the electorate to recover fr ths& exercise their rights

addmore gudo - 18 January 2017

Democracies only work when the citizens are educated (not necessarily academic but it helps). How are they reading newspapers, books etc to inform themselves these people? Its dangerous to only get your information from only party radio stations, rallies or just hearsay. 36yrs after majority rule it is unacceptable that zanu politicians who claim to be popular & loved resort to such uncooth methods. Funny they don't pull the same stunt in urban areas.

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