Violence intensifies, Thousands disenfranchised:

Violence has intensified and spread to urban areas one week before the presidential run-off elections scheduled for the 27th June.

All indications are that most people displaced by violence will not be able to cast their vote in a presidential run-off whose voting is ward-based.Tens of thousands of opposition and civic activists have been declared persona non grata in the wards and political constituencies in which they are registered to vote. 

The news received today by the Centre for Community Development In Zimbabwe (CCDZ) indicate that most activists in Murewa, Musana, Wedza, Mutoko, Bindura, Kadoma, Mhondoro,Chinhoyi, Masvingo, Redcliff, Jerera, Buhera, Chipinge and Mutare have been given a weekend altimatum to leave their villagers and go to Harare “to their master” MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai.  

As CCDZ we contend that the strategy by ZANU PF militia to drive out MDC supporters from the villages is a well-calculated strategy to disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters.We are also disturbed by the threats being issued by the youth militia and war veterans to opposition activists    

Violence in Harare and Chitungwiza

The ZANU PF party has unleashed vigilante groups called Chipangano in urban areas to terrorise voters ahead of the presidential run-off.Marauding gangs clad in party regalia are moving around Harare and Chitungwiza townships terrorising voters and threatening to kill anyone who votes for MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai. 

In Chitungwiza, four (4) bodies of MDC activists abducted last week were discovered on Wednesday.The violence has also spread to other high-density suburbs in Harare such as Epworth, Rugare and Dzivarasekwa.The youth militia are manning illegal roadblocks and forcing people to recite and chant ZANU PF slogans.Those who cannot recite the slogan are assaulted and tortured.There is overwhelming evidence that the presidential run-off is neither free nor fair and does not conform to the dictates of the SADC Guidelines governing democratic elections agreed to by State parties, including Zimbabwe at Grand Baie (Maritius) in 2004. 

Issued on 20/06/2008 

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