ZANU PF activists in Umguza, Matabeleland North, have threatened a witch-hunt targeting villagers who voted for opposition parties such as the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) last week.
According to an audio in possession of Southern Eye, Zanu PF supporters are concerned over inroads made by the opposition in the district.
“We are watching and there is nothing good we are seeing here. It’s painful to see the figures we saw this time around since the time we settled here,” a Zanu PF activist said in the audio.
“At ward level to constituency, we have never seen these figures, these are not small figures. They will not stop and they seem to be very happy that they are gaining ground and we are relaxing. We stay with the opposition here.
“Some are our neighbours but we are folding our hands. “We know these people and we must chuck them out. Let’s wait for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to be inaugurated and after that we take action to clean our ward of all opposition…”
CCC Matabeleland North chairperson Prince Dubeko Sibanda confirmed the threats.
“These guys are aware that in the next election, we are having a clean sweep. We will meet them on the ground. We have a strategy to repel them,” Sibanda said.
Zapu spokesperson Mso Ndlovu also confirmed the threats.
“We are receiving similar reports from across the country. Their intolerance to opposition has reached fever pitch,” Ndlovu said
Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) leader Mqondisi Moyo, said: “People cannot be manipulated and forced to support Zanu PF for fear of losing their birth right to land.”
But Zanu PF Matabeleland North chairperson, Richard Moyo, denied reports that the party has launched a witch-hunt against opposition supporters.
“I do not comment on people who are saying a lot of nonsense, they have voted without being threatened. Why were they not harassed before they voted?” Moyo fumed.