Youths, farmers forced to vote with help from Zanu (PF)

Young voters from Guruve North Constituency, Ward 19, are being compelled to go and vote with the assistance of Zanu (PF) officials, The Zimbabwean has learnt.

The area composed mostly of people living in resettled farms and is considered a Zanu (PF) stronghold.

Sources told The Zimbabwean that on Monday, Zanu (PF) officials in the area addressed a meeting were they urged people to ensure an overwhelming victory for the party.

Known MDC-T supporters were allegedly threatened with unspecified action “if they choose not to repent”.

The sources said that it was revealed at the meeting that known MDC-T supporters as well as youths from resettled farms should be accompanied by Zanu (PF) members when they go to cast their votes.

“People were told that they should tell the officials at the polling station that they are illiterate so that the Zanu (PF) officials accompanying them will cast the votes on their behalf.

“Known MDC-T supporters as well as some youths suspected to be aligned to the party where allocated people who would assist them with voting,” said the source.

When The Zimbabwean visited the area, youths could be seen standing in the queue waiting for their turns.

The Zimbabwean learnt that the youths were ordered to stand in a uniform manner and this, according to the Zanu (PF) officials, would assist them “to know how people would have voted”.

MDC-T aspiring Member of Parliament for Guruve North, Andrew Mupunga, confirmed the development.

“Actually I witnessed that and it boggles the mind how those young people can be said to be illiterate. I raised the issue with ZEC officials and they told me that it is hard for them to tell whether a person is illiterate or not,” said Mupunga.

An official at the polling station, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that some youths have been assisted to cast their votes but reiterated that it is difficult to ascertain whether one is really illiterate or not.

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