Forced attendance

Whenever a funeral is held at Harare’s Heroes Acre or there is a huge Zanu PF rally in the cities of Zimbabwe, it is the small scale trader who suffers.

Zanu PF has mastered the tactic of mobilizing crowd numbers by sending militia round to market places, closing them down and forcing traders to forgo their businesses for the duration of the political event. The Zimbabwean has obtained footage with testimonies on what goes on to make sure Zanu PF appears popular in the urban areas of Zimbabwe. At the end of the clip as the market gates are re-opened, traders are told clearly: “if you did not go to Heroes Acres, do not come back in (to the market).”

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