Stanford from Muzarabani says the remote districts are no-go areas for the MDC formations. Independent newspapers have to be smuggled in and villagers read them and discuss issues secretly in their own homes. Traditional sabhukus are being used to rally people to ZANU PF meetings and no other parties hold meetings or rallies there; while Mukoma Madziva from the Chihuri area of Shamva says a ZPF activist who burned down one of his huts was arrested and jailed only after he pressured the police to open a file. He said the area is dominated by ZPF and domestic disputes are turned into political cases by the party’s supporters and officials who take advantage of this.
Archive for January 12th, 2013
Alex Bell is joined by SW Radio Africa’s correspondents Lionel Saungweme and Simon Muchemwa to talk about the issues still standing in the way of having credible elections in 2013.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairman, Justice Simpson Mtambanengwe, has failed to attend two crucial meetings convened by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, amid reports he’s considering stepping down because of the alleged resistance he’s facing in trying to change the ZEC secretariat, the is closely aligned to ZANU PF. But the main problem seems to be that he is not even in the country, being based in Namibia.
News Roundup 12.01.13