SW Radio Africa News Stories for Wednesday 15th May 2013
Mandiziba in Bulawayo says he’s frustrated with the way the voter registration process has been conducted. He says despite spirited efforts to check if his name is on the voters’ roll, he has not been able to do so, as his landlord is based in South Africa. He wants the programme to be extended, the proof-of-residence requirement revised and registration officials urged to be professional. Makhandeni in Kadoma says only those who arrive at registration centres in ZANU PF trucks are being served by officers. He says two weeks ago, ZANU PF officials collected information about people’s political affiliation, and they are using this information to ferry their supporters to registration points, while those who arrive unaccompanied are turned away.
Tune in to this week’s Wilbert on Wednesday programme, where UK based Zimbabwean commentator Wilbert Mukori unpacks the MDC’s demands for security sector reform.
The MDC-T chairman for Manicaland province, Julius Magarangoma, says that with the whole world keeping a close eye on Zimbabwe during this year’s election, violence will not be an option for ZANU PF. This is why the authorities are making such a determined effort to stop as many would be voters from registering as possible.
SW Radio Africa News Headlines Tuesday 14th May 2013
SW Radio Africa News Stories for Tuesday 14th May 2013
Our Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme says officials from the registrar-general’s office are still turning away potential voters, demanding proof of residence. Despite assurances from the Ministry of Home Affairs that such requirements have been waivered, officials conducting the exercise insist no official communication has been circulated to alert them of the new changes.
Gideon Shoko in Gutu says young people are being barred from registration centres for failing to produce proof of residence. He says birth certificates have all the information such as the birth-place and district of origin for every individual, and these should be admissible as proof of residence for youths. Shoko also says ZANU PF officials in the area have been camping outside registration centres and misrepresenting the electoral process as a party project. He says the officials are writing down the names of all young registrants, and threatening them with a follow-up door-to-door terror campaign should ZANU PF lose the next election.
Alex Bell is joined by Willie Spies, the legal representative for the South African civil rights group AfriForum, in the wake of written approval by that country’s Justice Minister of a controversial helicopter donation to Zimbabwe. Spies has fought to have that donation barred on human rights grounds. He explains that Minister Jeff Radebe’s most recent comments are a disappointment, but do not affect the current interdict preventing the donation from taking place.
SW Radio Africa News Headlines Monday 13th May 2013