Zanu (PF) clampdown continues

Zanu (PF) is holding a series of meetings with Uzumba villagers, threatening them against associating with the MDC-T, according to officials.

The party is said to have given MDC-T supporters an ultimatum to surrender their party T-shirts and membership cards, or risk unspecified action. In the recent elections, sources told The Zimbabwean that intimidation was rife and known MDC-T supporters were forced to go to the polls as assisted voters.

The Zanu (PF) chairperson for Chipfunde District, identified as Crispen Mashanga, has allegedly been coordinating the meetings with villagers, an allegation he has denied.

Mashanga told The Zimbabwean: “I never threatened anyone. What I said was that if MDC-T supporters come to surrender, Zanu (PF) should be prepared to accept them because after all, we are all Zimbabweans”.

At a recent meeting, Mashanga allegedly directed known MDC-T supporters to surrender their party cards and shirts.

“Mashanga urged councillors and village heads to ensure that MDC supporters do not benefit from seed maize or fertiliser distributed by the government,” said the source.

Losing MDC-T Parliamentary candidate for Uzumba, Peckson Kazingizi said: “We have been receiving a lot of complaints from our supporters concerning the conduct by Mashanga”.

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