12 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF, Police and Office of the Registra General's Vote Rigging Plot Exposed

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Zanu PF's dirty tactics have reached the apex as the sunset party tries to survive the coming elections.

So desperate is Zanu PF that it has resorted to force-march people to attend its meetings at Holland in Kuwadzana 6.

The call by Zanu PF for elections to be held this year has seen the party reinventing its campaign machinery using a method reminiscent of the 2008 scenario. Groups of youths are deployed every weekend to force-march residents in Kuwadzana 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 to Zanu PF meetings. Most affected are vendors who on many occasions have been punished for not attending the gatherings.

Residents are worried by the daylight vote rigging mechanics of the police, Zanu PF and the registra general's office as they question the holy alliance of the three establishments at Holland only.

"We do not have a choice but to attend these meeting, otherwise we will not be allowed to sell anything. If we don't attend, they will destroy our stalls," said Chenai, a vendor at Kuwadzana 5 shopping centre.

Some residents were not at liberty to discuss the issue of forced participation as they claim the police are aware of such activities.

Adjacent to the police and the Zanu PF offices is the National Registration office which residents say is used to register voters only seconded by Zanu PF party's structures. One Bopoto said he was referred to KG6 for him to recover his lost identity document as the office can only serve those born after 1990 which officers say is a cut-off date regarding the issuance of national identity cards.

"Is this the new condition that when you want to replace your lost ID, you go to KG6?" asked Bopoto.

According to Edmore Tembo who has been following the exercise, "This is a way of rigging elections by Zanu PF. People are being bussed in from Zvimba East and White Cliff, a strategy Zanu PF believes will neutralise MDC dominance in Harare."

However it has not been established what other political players think about this latest development which is a threat to democratic principles that lead to free and fair elections.

Addressing a public seminar organised by Sapes Trust on Thursday, Patrick Chinamasa said he predicts war in Zimbabwe. His provocative, reckless talk is reflective of his party's actions.

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