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
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 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.
Eight Families from Chipadze and some from Chiwaridzo have fled 5km from
their homes into the bushÂ were they have been sleeping for the past three days
after receiving threatsÂ from Zanu Pf aligned War Veterans. These families
survive by sending individuals to get supplies of food for them..Â War vets
have been doing door to door visits and areÂ claiming to beÂ preparing
residents for aÂ 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.
A shop belonging to the business partner of Gokwe-Kana MDC TÂ Â candidate
was torched last night. The shop was torched beyond recognition.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Heavily armed police have been spotted at BhinisiÂ 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.
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