President Mugabe wants at least 2 Million signatures on the petition. The anti-sanctions petition has also been taken to the army barracks and police stations where officers are reportedly being forced to sign it.In Harare there were reports that state journalists were also being forced to sign the petition.
In Chikomba District of Mashonaland East province a senior education official has declared all schools in the district would be used as signing centres for the anti-sanctions petition and that all school heads would be required to act as “ polling officers ”.
This is despite a directive by Education, Sport, Art and Culture minister David Coltart barring the use of schools for political activities.
Chikomba district education director Ngoni Simon Mujuru issued a circular to all school heads in Chikomba District advising them to be available for the launch of the project on Saturday March 26.Zanu (PF) supporters are reportedly forcing villagers in various parts of the country to sign the petition. The Welshman Ncube led MDC party said some of its members in Mashonaland Central, Midlands, Mashonaland East, Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland West provinces were being arrested or attacked for refusing to sign the petition.
Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe ’s personal driver Witness Dube was arrested on Wednesday and was held at Tshabalala Police Station for allegedly denouncing the anti-sanctions petition.Dube was arrested at Nkulumane Shopping Complex by police after he was overheard saying Zanu (PF) was wasting resources setting up anti-sanctions signing centres.