Anti-Zanu (PF) voters threatened

Villagers who defied a directive to vote with the assistance
of Zanu (PF) officials here have been
threatened with unspecified action.

Prior to the elections, Zanu (PF) officials and village heads in the
district held meetings where they directed MDC-T 
supporters to vote with the assistance of Zanu 
(PF) activists.

 Sources said the move was a calculated ploy to ensure people did not
vote for the MDC-T.

 On the election day, some villagers defied the order and went
to vote on their own. Zanu
 (PF) members have since
threatened the “rebels” with unspecified action.

“Village heads were the ones coordinating the process and they wrote the
names of those defying the order. Those who
defied the order have been warned by their village heads that they
will pay for their actions,” said a source from Chikuhwa in Ward 19.

Another source told The Zimbabwean that at Rukariro Primary School in
Ward 13, some people were forced to wear bandages on their right hands
to give the impression that they could not vote on their own as they
were injured.

“Some people were forcibly bandaged and had to go to
the polling stations in the company of Zanu (PF) officials
 cast a vote on their behalf,”
said the source who requested anonymity.

MDC-T candidate for Uzumba, Peckson Kazingizi, confirmed the
development which he said had left his party’s supporters in fear of losing their lives.

“Three of our supporters
raised an alarm to the presiding officer that they had been forced to
claim that they are illiterate but the presiding officer
insisted that they be assisted,” said
Kazingizi.

Uzumba recorded high cases of victimisation and murder of MDC-T
activists during the 2008 elections.

When asked about the forcing of MDC-T supporters to vote with the
assistance of Zanu (PF) officials, the District Presiding Officer for
Uzumba, identified as Kasusu, denied the allegations.

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