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July 31, 2013

MDC-T agents abducted robbed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nhaudzenyu @ 4:05 pm

Hurungwe –Movement for Democratic Change agents were abducted and robbed of their cell-phones and money at Antelope polling station around Tavoy farming area as intimidation flares ahead of today harmonized elections.
The two, Billy Musa and Charles Kapare are representing aspiring candidate for Ward 5 in Hurungwe central’s rural ward on MDC-T ticket Johannes Chiwaya.
The incident occurred around midnight. Tavoy is situated about ….. kilometers west of Karoi town.
Chiwaya said, ‘We had deployed our agencies and just after midnight we received information that they had been abducted as they were trying to relieve themselves at a nearby bush. They were beaten up and their clothes torn. They lost phone as well s money they had on them’’ said Chiwaya in a telephone interview around 4 a in the morning.
He later reported the case to Karoi rural where it was record under RRB number 168087 and they were attended by Constable Mboma.
‘’It is unfortunate that Zanu PF supporters are using intimidation tactics ahead of these elections’’ said MDC-T provincial spokesperson Big Haurobi.
Chiwaya will battle it out with Zanu PF’Spenser Pemhiwa at ward level where Zanu PF’s Godfrey Beremauro will face MDC-T’s Simbarashe Takawira.
There was no immediate comment from police at the time of writing as the Office Commanding District phones went o unanswered.
MDC-T claims their supporters are being intimidated in mostly resettlement areas.

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No MDC-T agents in Nyaodza

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nhaudzenyu @ 4:03 pm

Nyaodza- Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai agents were forced to flee for their lives at Nyaodza and Furthrgill polling stations on Tuesday afternoon.
The eight agents were threatened with death by local police watch committee member named as Wellington Chamatumbu.
Chamatumbu is said to have told the victims that they risk being killed after the elections
According to Emmanuel Mugari, the suspects approached the agents individually and said, ‘’Munofira mahara mukada kumirirra MDC-T’’ which forced them to withdraw their services.
Nyaodza is situated about 75 kilometers west of Karoi but falls under Kariba constituency
Mugari said they were making frantic efforts to get MDC-T agents before voting could start but it was proving difficult due to fear instilled by Chamatumbu.
MDC-T chief election agent for Kariba aspiring candidate said they had notified the Zec and police over he death threats.
‘’We have notified police over the issue and hope the suspect will be brought to book soon’’ said…
However Zanu PF candidate Isaac Mackenzie denied that there were threats ahead of the harmonized elections.
‘’Our campaigns have been peaceful and MDC-T are just fabricating these allegations as they know they loose. They are looking for scapegoats’’ said Mackenzie.
Last week Kudakwashe Mandishona who will face Mackenzie had to write to Sadc observer team amid allegations that Mackenzie was threatening villagers with death, an allegation Mackenzie vehemently denies.
to flee for their lives at Nyaodza and Furthrgill polling stations on Tuesday afternoon.
The eight agents were threatened with death by local police watch committee member named as Wellington Chamatumbu.
Chamatumbu is said to have told the victims that they risk being killed after the elections
According to Emmanuel Mugari, the suspects approached the agents individually and said, ‘’Munofira mahara mukada kumirirra MDC-T’’ which forced them to withdraw their services.
Nyaodza is situated about 75 kilometers west of Karoi but falls under Kariba constituency
Mugari said they were making frantic efforts to get MDC-T agents before voting could start but it was proving difficult due to fear instilled by Chamatumbu.
MDC-T chief election agent for Kariba aspiring candidate said they had notified the Zec and police over he death threats.
‘’We have notified police over the issue and hope the suspect will be brought to book soon’’ said…
However Zanu PF candidate Isaac Mackenzie denied that there were threats ahead of he harmonized elections.
‘’Our campaigns have been peaceful and MDC-T are just fabricating these allegations as they know they loose. They are looking for scapegoats’’ said Mackenzie.
Last week Kudakwashe Mandishona who will face Mackenzie had to write to Sadc observer team amid allegations that Mackenzie was threatening villagers with death, an allegation Mackenzie vehemently denies.

July 30, 2013

MDC-T agents denied access to food in Hurungwe

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Hurungwe- Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai agents at Dicks farm are reportedly denied access to nearby shops to buy food by war veterans.

The two, Clara Mutashu and Michael Dzikamunhenga were deployed as party election agents ahead of the tomorrow harmonized polls

They are representing their party in Hurungwe central constituency that covers Karoi town, resettlement farms as well as communal farms.

It has 91 polling stations.

According to MDC-T provincial spokesperson Big Haurobi the two are forced to be within the polling station and can not buy food at nearby shops besides the fact that they have money to buy food.

‘’We have two of our agents deployed at Dicks farm polling station but are being denied the chance to buy food at nearby shops by resettled farmers. It is unfortunate that they are being forced to go for election o empty stomach due to some war veterans who see it fit that they must buy food regardless of the fact that they have money’’ said Haurobi.

Dicks farm is one of the politically volatile rural wards in Hurungwe central where MDC-T will be represented by Regis Mugwinyi at ward level.

Simbarashe Takawira of MDC-T will face Zanu PF’s Godfrey Beremauro in the election set to end coalition government formed in 2009 following a disputed poll that Tsvangirai has won but failed to garner enough votes as an outright winner.

July 29, 2013

MDC-T lodges death threats to SADC observers’ team

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By Nhau Mangirazi

Nyaminyami- Movement for Democratic Change aspiring candidate for Kariba constituency Kudakwashe Mandishona lodged a complainant with visiting Southern Africa Development Community, Sadc observers’ team.

He says the threats against his supporters from local headmen and his opponent Isaac Mackenzie are a burden that he cannot shoulder.

‘’I wrote to Sadc observer notifying them that Mackenzie is moving around villages threatening that bloody will be split soon after elections. He has done this under Chief Negande, Mola, among other areas’’ adds Mandishona. He says all efforts for a truce pact with Mackenzie that they must hold joint rallies failed to yield any positive results.

‘’I approached local Joint Monitoring Committee, Jomic, covering Kariba to assist us bury our differences and preach peace but they could help either. Even police could not assist’’ said Mandishona.

Mandishona accuses Mackenzie of fueling tension among the villagers.

However, Mackenzie denied the allegations saying these are fabrications ‘’We had different meetings in ward 9 and had no problems. Sadc observer team present was happy as we shared the same venue. I have never threatened any one. It is lies that we are threatening villagers with death’’ said Mackenzie.

He won the 2000 election on Zanu PF ticket but was suspected to behind sponsored terror campaign that gripped the resort town of Kariba where hired youths went on rampage. The brutality saw MDC-T supporter Luckson Kanyurira killed casting a dark cloud for tourist destination.

Journo quizzed at arson scene

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Dejected and looks rejected, widow Monica Chivhera in her gutted hut in Kazangarare

Hurungwe– Nhau Mangirazi was briefly quizzed on Saturday by Karoi based police officers investigating an arson case under Chief Kazangarare.

Remaining wall of Chivhera hut

Mangirazi, a Mashonaland West province based freelance journalist went Masokoti area to cover an arson incident where Monica Chivhera’s grass thatched hut was set ablaze on Friday morning.

Situated about 44 kilometers north of Karoi town, Chivhera lost her property including maize, fertilizer, clothes among other g

It is alleged that she had failed to do a slogan denouncing MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

She was among several villagers force-marched to attend the rally addressed by one Chikanda and village headman Muoneka among others.

The officers asked Mangirazi why he had come to the scene and how much he had hired the car that brought him to scene.

They further asked how he got information to the scene.

One officer asked, ‘’ Bepa rako nderebato ripi’’

He told them that journalists do not belong  to political parties.

While they asked several questions, Mangirazi told them that he is in good talking terms with senior Zanu PF officials including Reuben Marumahoko who had even tipped him of an incident affecting a Zanu PF supporter whose hut was burnt in Kazangarare and had nothing to hide.

There were four but two officers including one from Police Internal Security Unit, Pisu demanded  press card, national identity card as well as permanent residential address that they recorded.

They took turns taking photos with their mobile phones against the journalist’s will and later searched the bag that had my equipment including note books and a camera.

The move by the police infringes freedom of movement for journalists especially in Hurungwe a politically hostile area where he has operated from since 2000 elections.

Mangirazi is HIV and Aids winning journalist and a member of Forum for African Investigative Reporters, Fair.

He contributes to the African Report, a Pan African media house among several local newspapers including The Weekly Mirror.

Zec breaches Electoral Act in Karoi

Filed under: News — Nhaudzenyu @ 9:54 am

Zanu PF Hurungwe district offices in KaroiBy Nhau Mangirazi
Karoi- Zimbabwe Election Commission, Zec breached the Electoral Act by establishing a poling station in Hurungwe Central constituency that is within less than 50 meters from Zanu PF party offices.
The polling station is situated at Chikangwe community hall in ward three of Karoi town council situated about 204 kilometers north-west of Harare.
It is within a distance of 50 meters from local Zanu PF administrative district.
According to Electoral Act Chapter 2.13 that deals with polling stations, recording of ballot papers among other issues, the act further states that polling stations must not be within political parties vicinity.
Under part 8 of the Electoral Act under preparation for and voting poll, says, (1) Subject to this section, a constituency elections officer shall establish, at such convenient places as he or she may determine, as many polling stations as he or she may consider to be necessary for the purposes of conveniently, taking a poll of the voters of his or her constituency:
Provided that—(1a) every polling station shall be located in a place that is readily accessible to the public, including persons with physical disabilities.
However the same act prohibits what it terms as infringing secret voting
It says, under (1b) No polling station shall be located—(a) in premises owned or occupied by a political party or candidate; or (b) in a police station, barracks, cantonment area or other place where police officers or members of the Defence Forces are permanently stationed; or (‘’ c) in premises licensed under the Liquor Act [Chapter 14:12); or (d) at or in any place which, for any reason, may give rise to reasonable apprehension on the part of voters as to the secrecy of their votes or the integrity of the electoral process.
Local observers said it was unfortunate that the polling station was established in violation of the act.
‘’We have raised this of late but Zec officials are not taking heed as it taints the proper running of elections.’’ a local observer who declined to be named for professional reasons said.
There was no immediate comment from local Zec officials and it could not be established if there are many other polling stations in different constituencies.

July 28, 2013

Expecting mother house set ablaze

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ImageBy Nhau Mangirazi

Hurungwe- Eighteen year old Chipo Matemo’s plans for her eight month pregnancy went up in smoke last Friday when their grass thatched bedroom was set alight by unknown arsonist near Kasimure business centre.

Kasimure is situated about 42 kilometers east of Karoi town where a cold war over posters is looming between Zanu PF and Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

This another isolated incident of politically motivated violence of a rather peaceful election set for 31 July.

Sara Mahoka is standing for Zanu PF while Blessing Mandava is representing MDC-T.

Narrating the nightmare Matemo said, ‘’I was fast asleep when my jumped out of the bed and had to pull me out of the house. The roof had caught fire and we lost virtually everything including the preparation of nappies, flees, baby blankets among other goodies. What makes it difficult for us that we were about to deliver traditional return to my parents, commonly known as masungiro’’

The ordeal that has befallen Matemo is that her husband, Daniel Bhobho of Kasimure village is a Zanu PF activist.

Bhobho aged 26 years claims the suspects are Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai supporters.

‘’My hut was set alight around 3 in the morning Hardly a week had passed when an MDC-T supporter, name withheld (Rodger Zuze). They were accusing us of tearing down their posters. I was informed by my brother that the suspect was not happy with us as Zanu PF youths. Although I do not have evidence to pin him, am grounded’’ he said.

Bhobho further claims he had hosted nearly hundred Zanu PF supporters during a night vigil at their homestead on Thursday night before the rally that was addressed by Hurungwe north aspiring Zanu PF candidate Reuben Marumahoko.

‘’I hope police will investigate and bring the culprits to book’’ said Bhobho.

However, Marumahoko said he was unaware of the incident.

A local police officer at Kasimure police base confirmed the incident saying it is under probe.

‘’The case of arson was reported here. Unfortunately the investigating officer has been dispatched to Mjinga for elections’’ said the officer who declined to be named.

Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Clemency Mabgweazara said he was still yet to receive any reports.

July 27, 2013

Hope lost ahead of election

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nhaudzenyu @ 3:38 pm

By Nhau Mangirazi

Hurungwe-Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s aspiring candidate for Hurungwe rural ward 9 Tafadzwa Chekai Mapiravana is not a happy man.

 He says the forthcoming election national results will have a negative impact of his life as his neighbor, Show Marisi; a Zanu PF supporter has declared war on him after the results.

Marisi declared that he will set his homestead ablaze even if Zanu PF or his party wins.

‘’Marisi said, Musi wa 1 August 2013, Mapiravana ndichamutema nedemo kana akahwina maelection ari kuuya aya kana MDC-T kana Zanu PF ikahwina. Handidi kutongwa naye meaning I will behead Mapiravana whatever the election results between Zanu PF and MDC-T. I do not want him to be a policymaker at all costs’’ claimed Mapiravana in an interview.

The ward is within Hurungwe North constituency.

Marisi is the Zanu PF branch chairman covering Chitenje and Chigwajara villages under Chief Kazangarare.

Mapiravana is standing against Dickson Jimu Munyoro who won after beating former councilor Jahweti Kazangarare.

‘’It is unfortunate that some people are not taking President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s calls for peaceful campaigns ahead of next week elections. I am now living in fear following those threats. I have made a report but he is still yet to be questioned by the police’’, he added.

However Marisi could not be reached for comment at the time of writing as his phone was unreachable at the time of writing.

We could not get a police confirmation over the case.

Kazangarare area has been declared a no go area for mostly MDC-T supporters who lost their supporter Tapiwa Mubwandarikwa in 2008.

2008 was better- political violence victim

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nhaudzenyu @ 3:32 pm

Kazangarare– Whenever Zimbabwean authorities call for elections since 2000 Linos Mugwandarikwa’s heart leaps.

As a Movement for Democratic Change supporter in Kazangarare rural, he is haunted by brutality that he has suffered since then.

Zanu PF supporters take any easy ride on him and his family.

‘’I have been a victim of political brutality from Zanu PF supporters and have suffered in silence since then. My homestead has been tortured on several occasions since then. Every election in 2002, 2005 and 2008 has been hell for me and my family’’ the 63 year old father of five children says, with a dejected face.

Unfortunately the perpetrators are free and have never been brought to book over their heinous acts

13 April 2008 was the last stroke of his political activism when he was brutally beaten and left for dead.

He was targeted together with his late brother Tapiwa Mugwandarikwa a former prison officer.

His late bother was stabbed to death in politically motivated violence but Linos who was stuck on the head was left for dead by his attackers.

‘’I was only assisted by Big Haurobi in Karoi about 70 kilometers away who facilitated that we got a n ambulance to the avenues in Harare. It is through God’s grace that I am still alive. But these elections are not peaceful for me’’ he adds.

He further says MDC-T supporters are spending more time at the rural police station and Karoi courts than campaigning.

‘’In 2008, we could campaign freely ahead of March elections but as we speak now there is tension as we are not allowed to campaign with police assisting Zanu PF to make up cases against us’’ he says.

Mugwandarikwa was among six MDC-T supporters accused of pasting their party poster at one of Zanu PF senior officers, Peter Madamombe who claimed they had insulted him.

As they were awaiting their case to be heard another police officer came warning him that he was among 16 other supporters wanted for question over political violence in Kazangarare.

‘’We are spending more time at police charge office or at courts and it is within the few days that elections will be held. Can we say the elections will be free and fair’’ says Mugwandarikwa.

He wishes there must not elections in the country, at least in the near future as he will be brutalized.

Madamombe political commissar claims he is the popular face of Zanu PF refused to talk to us over the allegations that they have turned Mugwandarikwa as their hunting ground with brutality, though they are above the law.

As election day beckons, Mugwandarikwa’s wish is that he will not be counted among the dead at least for now.

 

Hut set ablaze over MDC slogan

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Hurungwe- 
ImageA Movement for ImageDemocratic Change supporter Monica Chivhera had her grass thatched hut set ablaze early on Friday morning in a suspected politically motivated arson case. 

Her homestead is situated about 44 kilometer north-west of Karoi town under Chief Kazangarare.

The meandering dusty road leading to her homestead testifies her ordeal in the hands of her opponents who have left her with nothing including food, clothes, fertilizer and groceries.

She has five kids to look after.

Relating the bad omen that has befallen her again, Mbuya Chivhera says, ‘’I was force-marched to a Zanu PF meeting on Thursday afternoon. We were forced to chant Zanu PF slogans. I was the last one who did not denounce President Morgan Tsvangirai as they wanted. Instead I denounced intolerance amongst us. I said ‘’Pamberi neMDC’’. This irked them’’ she says in Shona, her voice breaking up battling to keep back tears flowing down her cheeks.

The meeting was addressed by headman Muoneka, Oliver Chikanda, Jack Masamba and Wilberforce Zvekanyi.

She lost several goods worth thousands of dollars including 8 bags of maize, a wardrobe, 20 bags of fertilizer, blankets, a bicycle among other household goods.

‘’I am a widow and have nothing to feed my family. Even the tent that I got from Red Cross in 2008 was also burnt. Whoever did this has no human face’’ she says.

Linos Mugwandarikwa brother to late Tapiwa killed in 2008 politically motivated murder says it is unfortunate.

‘’The action is unwarranted as both leaders are preaching peace ahead of harmonized elections. The suspects are well known, we wait for police to take action’’ Mugwandarikwa said.

However headman Richardson Dzenge bemoaned the division among some villagers here.

‘’I am disappointed.  We must be tolerant to each other regardless of our political differences. The victim is not a strong MDC-T member who can motivate others to change their party. She is just a victim of some people with weaker minds. They are politically immature’’ said headman Dzenge.

 

Zanu PF candidate for Hurungwe North Reuben Marumahoko complained that no arrests have been made when a huts of branch chairman of Murehwa district Paradzai Mureya was gutted on 18 July.

‘’People must desist from all forms of violence ahead of elections’’ said Marumahoko.

Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemency Mabgweazara said he was still yet to get a report of the case.

‘’We are dealing with election cases. I am still yet to get such report’’ said the police spokesperson in a telephone interview.

 Marumahoko will face MDC-T’s Albert Chitaunhike and Gladys Gwamada of MDC led by Welshman Ncube. 

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