Zim Peace Project Exposes Violence In Masvingo

It said in a statement, the traditional leaders,Chief Gurajena and Chief Zimuto, were accused by more than 60 families under chiefs Gurajena and Zimuto in Masvingo North for forcing them to buy the former ruling party’s cards or face eviction from the areas.

Masvingo North constituency falls under Zanu (PF) after Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Stan Mudenge won in the 2008 harmonised elections beating the MDC-T
candidate Wilstaff Sitemere.

According to ZPP, villagers said the Zanu (PF) officials led by former Central Committee member Clemency Makwarimba  were in the area to restructure the party’s leadership at grassroots level but they faced resistance much to the displeasure of the chiefs.

The villagers have however, vowed to challenge the decision of the chiefs in courts since most of them are not able to raise the money or part with their livestock.

Traditional leaders meeting last month in Kariba resolved that President Robert Mugabe should rule for life.

Meanwhile war veterans from the same province led by one Murindi are moving around the Bikita West constituency harassing and threatening villagers forcing them to buy Zanu (PF)cards.

The war veterans who recently met in Bikita at Mashavira village threatened to “violently flush out” all MDC-T supporters from the area.

During the meeting the villagers were threatened with beatings and attacks worse than the 2008 election political violence. The villagers were also ordered to hold Zanu PF meetings
every Wednesday to showcase their allegiance to the party up until the election time.

All the people who were at the meeting were ordered to buy Zanu (PF) cards and support the party’s national conference set for next month in Mutare.

Murindi was also part of a the group of war veterans who was moving around Zaka and Bikita with war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda allegedly threatening and harassing
villagers into supporting the party.