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CHRA representatives in the area reported that the pupils were disgruntled at the manner the Zanu (PF) officials in the area attempted to force everyone attending the function to chant the ruling party’s slogans.
What allegedly happened is that Karimanzira arrived at the venue for the official National Tree Planting Day but very few people were present.
People continued with their routine business, ignoring Zanu (PF) youths overzealous singing and dancing.
Zanu (PF) supporters then allegedly went around the suburb forcing people to attend the function, including school children at
It is reported that one of the pupils was tasked to present a poem on environment preservation. He went on to the podium and just started reciting his poem. But ‘alert’ Zanu (PF) officials felt the pupil should have started by chanting their party’s slogan and the pupil tactfully refused. He instead chanted a slogan denouncing environmental damage. Some of the officials allegedly attempted to intimidate him to do their party slogan but other more senior officials shielded the pupil from further harassment.
Chaos then reined supreme when some pupils from the same school allegedly came running to the venue of the function and loudly announced that ‘others have gone home’ and the rest of the pupils who were at the function trooped away, leaving a handful of Zanu (PF) activists joining Governor Karimanzira in commemorating the National Tree Planting Day.
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