|The ZIMBABWE Situation||Our
thoughts and prayers are with Zimbabwe |
- may peace, truth and justice prevail.
Voters in a rural constituency in Zimbabwe go to the polls this weekend in an important test of the government's recent commitment to stop political violence.
But human rights groups in Zimbabwe say that the run-up to the vote has been marred by murder and intimidation.
But while the attention of the world has been elsewhere, both the violence and the invasions are continuing.
Murder and torture
This weekend's by-election is in Chikomba, south of the capital Harare.
The seat was held by Chenjerai Hunzvi, the leader of the pro-government war veterans, who died in June.
Mr Hunzvi was accused of using violence and intimidation to win his seat.
But a coalition of Zimbabwean human rights groups say that the political climate in Chikomba has scarcely improved since his death.
In a report released on Wednesday they allege that one opposition supporter has been murdered and several others tortured in the run-up to the poll.
They also say that the leading opposition candidate has received death threats.
The Abuja agreement was meant to restore peace to Zimbabwe, but there is no sign yet of an improvement