THE DAILY AGENDA

16 May 2008
BULAWAYO
The MDC- T rally pencilled for White City stadium on Sunday 18 May at 9am is
on as scheduled.

A cloud of uncertainty has been hanging over the rally after

police had denied the MDC clearance to hold the rally. However the High Court

in Bulawayo assented to the appeal by the MDC through their lawyer Job

Sibanda.

The Chronicle newspaper has refused to carry adverts for Public Meetings to be

held on Saturday organised by Gwanda Agenda and Gweru Agenda respectively.

No plausible reason was given for the refusal to publish though it suspected

that pressure was put to bear on political grounds.

A group of twelve men from Gweru including 6 six teachers fled to Bulawayo

yesterday after being threatened by ZANU PF thugs. The twelve who include 6

teachers have sought refuge from the churches in Bulawayo. The overwhelming

turnout by the victims had led to the churches facing challenges in as far as

acquiring warm clothes, food and accommodation for the victims is concerned.

Doctors for Human Rights are having a look at the children and women who

need medical attention.

GWANDA

Gwanda Agenda will be holding a public meeting tomorrow at Gwanda Hotel at

1400hrs. The topic is “Run-off or Negotiation – Is the current environment

conducive for a credible run-off?” Panelists are Bheki Sibanda, Lorraine

Sibanda and TZ Mnkandla.

BINDURA

Eight Families from Chipadze and some from Chiwaridzo have fled 5km from

their homes into the bush  were they have been sleeping for the past three days

after receiving threats  from Zanu Pf aligned War Veterans. These families

survive by sending individuals to get supplies of food for them..  War vets

have been doing door to door visits and are  claiming to be  preparing

residents for a  runoff where residents are being ‘encouraged’ to vote

wisely.Amongst the affected are one man who has been going to work from the bush

and children who have not been going to school.

GOKWE

A shop belonging to the business partner of Gokwe-Kana MDC T   candidate

was torched last night. The shop was torched beyond recognition.

NKAYI

In Nkayi South Chief Sikhobokhobo is reportedly causing as he is forcing

villagers to denounce the MDC in meetings that are held every day in that

area.

The Chief is being assisted by the War Veterans aligned to Zanu Pf and the

youths to whip villagers into voting for Zanu Pf in the Presidential runoff.

Villagers have however remained defiant even in the face of such

intimidation.

MBERENGWA

Two MDC polling agents in the harmonised election have fled their homes

after continuous threats by Zanu Pf youths and War Veterans aligned to the party.

The two ran away after being told to publicly denounce the MDC.

15 MAY 2008

GOKWE

A shop belonging to the Gokwe Kana MDC Tsvangirai candidate’s business

partner was torched by War veterans on Wednesday night (14 May) at Gokwe Centre. The

shop was totally destroyed and the value of the damage is yet to be

established. A surgery belonging to the candidate that is located next to

the shop was slightly damaged

MBERENGWA

Rupange, Mabika and Cheshange Schools in Ward 11 Mapiravana are deserted

after teachers were assaulted by war veterans yesterday. Some of the victims have

arrived in Gweru this morning after fleeing the political violence.

PLUMTREE

CID Plumtree officers visited the Plumtree Agenda office yesterday where

they asked the Programmes Officer to furnish them with action plans or programmes

of the chapter. When confronted as to why they wanted this information the

officers claimed that it was part of their monthly routine.

GWANDA

Garfield Makwati, the son of the late Glory Makwati, won the MDC primary

election to stand as candidate in the Gwanda South by- election. The Gwanda

South seat is one of three that were postponed during the March 29Harmonised

Elections after some of the candidates died before the poll. ZEC is yet to

release the dates of the by-election.

INSIZA

Heavily armed police have been spotted at Bhinisi  around Mjojana. The local

community is living in fear at the presence. They have set up a roadblock in

the area where they are stopping and searching vehicles.

Contact:

Bulawayo Agenda

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