Regional reports of violence and intimidation
The following are regional reports compiled by the Heal Zimbabwe Trust. On the 27th of July 2013, Deputy Police Commissioner Oliver Mandipaka who is also the ZANU-PF aspiring Member of Parliament candidate for Buhera West, forced villagers to attend his rally which was held at Marume Primary School. ZANU-PF youths were moving around the area singing revolutionary songs and forced all shops to close at Murambinda growth point.
He further highlighted that there is a current recruitment and training process of police and soldiers who will beat up people if MDC- T wins the election. On the 26th of July 2013, a group of ZANU-PF supporters led by headsman Edmore Kowanai, a soldier, Peter Nendanga and a war veteran, Samido Dominic forced villagers to attend their party meeting.
The meeting was addressed by war veteran Joseph Chinotimba who stated that on the 31st of July, all well known MDC- T supporters should have their hands bandaged so that they are assisted to vote by ZANU-PF supporters. On the 27th of July, a pro ZANU- PF soldier identified as Brian who resides at Hopley Farm assaulted Roddie Jumbo for wearing MDC- T regalia.
The incident occurred at Anthony’s bar where Jumbo is employed as a bar tender. On the 25th of July 2013, a group of ZANU-PF supporters led by Webster Shamu abducted William Kapuya the MDC- T affiliated Chairperson for Southlea Park.
Kapuya was then rescued at Mbudzi roundabout by other MDC- T activists.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Nehanda Radio