A slippery slope to 2008 violence: ZESN

The country’s political environment has gone back to where it was in 2008 with no-go areas created by Zanu (PF) making it impossible for other parties to have political freedom, the country’s independent election watchdog has said.

Prior to the discredited Presidential run-off election in June 2008, Zanu (PF) disrupted political rallies organised by the mainstream MDC, beat up people perceived to be MDC supporters and created no-go areas for any other political party other than itself.

This is exactly what has emerged in the country over the past week with the police once again barring MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s rallies in Matebeleland North.

Last Sunday, Tsvangirai was also forced to abandon his star rally set for Chitungwiza’s Chibuku stadium after violent Zanu (PF) youths bulldozed the

stadium, destroyed two MDC-T party vehicles, some party equipment and injured seven people.

In an exclusive interview with Radio VOP on Monday, Zimbabwe Election Support Network National Director, Rindai Chipfunde Vava, said another bloody election was looming.

“They are preparing themselves for yet another battle when election time comes. As ZESN we are saying that those perpetrating violence should stop for the sake of peace and reconciliation. Violence should stop for the sake of national development. If violence persists we are not going to have a peaceful election,” she said.

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