Zanu PF’s loosing candidate Christopher Mutsvangwa’s scheduled could not proceed even after party militia force-marched residents to attend the meeting as Mutsvangwa could not turn due to another meeting he was addressing at Halfway near Selous.
“We are living in fear as marauding Zanu PF youths are forcing us to attend meetings as they want to restructure the party ahead of possible elections. We are not safe as they are targeting mainly MDC supporters to attend the meetings”, said one resident Dereck Sibanda of Ngoni high density suburbs.
In Katanga, the youths were marching and singing liberation songs that reminded residents of the party’s violent 2008 campaign. They were threatened to beat a former party supporter whom they accused of dumping Zanu PF to join the Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
They identified him only as Bob who was among the terror campaign gang during the bloody 2008 presidential run off in town situated out of Harare.
Bob owns shops at Katanga business centre and has since fled the town, according to some residents.
“He is not around because some youths blacklisted him to be among those targeted during campaign rallies. If they can turn against one of their own, what about us? The call for elections will be bloody.” added Theresa Makata of Eastermark area.
The latest bid by Mutsvangwa supporters in the area aims to wrestle the constituency he lost to MDC-T’s Edward Musumbu who won in 2008. Mutsvangwa could not be reached for comment as his mobile was unreachable at the time of writing.
Though President Robert Mugabe has denounced violence, some of his supporters are accused of unleashing terror to the party opponents. Zimbabweans are gearing themselves for referendum to vote for a new constitution that will pave way for possible free and fair elections.