Scores of MDC youths and supporters are being denied an opportunity to register as voters at the local Registrar General's Office (RGO) in Masvingo town while Zanu PF supporters are being bussed in from rural areas to register. Disgruntled MDC supporters this week said suspected party supporters were being frustrated by way of deliberate delays and flimsy excuses and were being turned away.
The officials however at the local RG's Office literally fall all over each other when Zanu PF supporters come for registration.
According to the MDC Ward 7 chairperson, Tafara Masimba, scores of party youths and supporters from his ward were being denied access to register as voters ahead of the next elections to be held this year.
He said officials at the local RG's Office were playing endless mind games. "People are frustrated because workers at the local Registrar General's Office are operating at a snail's pace when our supporters approach them for voter registration," he said.
"We believe they want to make sure that only a handful of our supporters register to vote compared to Zanu PF's number of potential voters.
However we are banking on the mobile voter registration exercise to start soon so that our youths can be able to register without any hassles," said Masimba.
Masvingo Urban legislator, Hon. Tongai Matutu assured party supporters the mobile voter registration exercise would commence soon. "We are optimistic the mobile voter registration exercise will start very soon," he said.
"We have spoken to the staff at the local Registrar General's Office and we hope the whole process will be carried out smoothly. We heard that some overzealous officials are turning away our members but we hope sanity will prevail," said Hon. Matutu.
Meanwhile, the whereabouts of William Sibanda, an MDC Youth Assembly member in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North remain unknown after he was abducted early this morning by a known Central Intelligence Organisation operative. Sibanda was abducted at gun-point by one Chibango a CIO member early this morning at Nyamandlovu business centre. Chibango operates from Lupane Police Station.
The reasons for the abduction are unknown and efforts to locate him at Lupane Police Station have been fruitless. A report has since been made at the police station but no help has been forthcoming from the police officers.
The continued abductions and harassment of MDC members are a well calculated move by Zanu PF to intimidate people ahead of this year's elections. However the people of Zimbabwe are determined to vote for change come elections this year.
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