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Vote rigging
'Zanu PF wants to steal votes'

HARARE - In this question and answer interview with Honourable Jameson Timba (JZT), the Daily News’Executive Deputy Editor, Chris Goko (CG), graphically illustrates how the odds are stacked against political opponents of Zanu PF in the forthcoming elections, beginning with Sunday’s so-called special voting.

CG: Hon. Jameson Timba, you are once again representing your party in the Mt. Pleasant Constituency and tomorrow there is special voting in your constituency. What are the issues?

JZT: Well Mt. Pleasant Constituency houses Morris Depot, Tomlinson Depot, KG6 and Pomona Barracks, and a number of applications for special voting from these institutions have been filed with Zec.

CG: How many?

JZT: My understanding is that there are about 7 000 police details and 140 army personnel and 2 000 prison officers.

CG: Are all these personnel voting in your constituency?

JZT: Well, according to our voters’ roll as of May 2013, there were approximately 3 200 soldiers registered under the KG6 address, 2 780 under Tomlinson Depot, 1 912 under Morris Depot and 832 under Harare Remand Prison.

CG: Do all these people reside at these premises?

JZT: Chris, firstly I do not know and I have no way of knowing who resides at the above institutions other than the information generally known by members of the public. It is the duty of the Constituency Registrar under the supervision of Zec to verify.

I raised issues, in writing, with Zec with respect to what I perceived as anomalies. Firstly, KG6 is our national army headquarters and to the best of my knowledge, it does not accommodate 3 200 persons. Our army personnel who work there reside at Dzivaresekwa State Barracks and they are ferried to work by bus every day.

With respect to Morris Depot, it is largely a training depot where recruits stay there for about six months and thereafter they are deployed to their areas countrywide where they reside and work and as such should vote from.

With respect to prison officers, I am not sure whether new prisons are going to be constructed during the election period to necessitate the deployment of prison officers away from their prison guard duties in their wards and thus qualifying them for special voting.

CG: What did Zec say?

JZT: I was not favoured with the courtesy of a response from the Zec Chair with regards to the anomalies that I raised with the roll affecting security personnel, but in my correspondence I indicated to them that I will purchase the voters’ roll after it is closed after July 9, 2013 and see whether they have corrected the roll and registered people in the wards that they reside.

CG: But why did you not push for correction of the roll?

JZT: Look, it is the responsibility of Zec to ensure that we have a credible roll. The anomalies of the roll were not restricted to the security establishments only, but also other areas.

For instance, a whole team of persons who reside at a farm in Mazowe District called Kaduku Farm or Teviotdale Plot were registered in Mt. Pleasant.

I pointed this out to Zec. We also have a case of people who do not reside at Bannockburn Compound registered, with at least 27 of them registered on one address. This is crazy.

CG: What next then if Zec have not taken steps to correct the anomalies?

JZT: Firstly, I reserve my rights at law and if the anomalies impact on the result of the election, then I will challenge it. Secondly, I also believe that every Zimbabwean including the security personnel should be given a right to vote, albeit in their correct wards.

Thirdly, I do not see how the agenda of those who planned this distortion of the roll will be advanced.

CG: What do you mean when you say you don’t see know how their agenda will be advanced?

JZT: The MDC, as you might be aware pushed for the amendment of the Electoral Act so that security personnel do not vote in their barracks. The Special Voting System now gives them freedom to vote in secret and for whoever they want.

This system is such that no-one will know how they would have voted and their votes will be counted together with the rest of the civilians’ votes on July 31.

In addition, the mood amongst civilians in the constituency is to protect the constituency from being securitised, so they will vote in their multitudes come July 31.

CG: But there are reports which were saying that security personnel were told that the serial numbers of their special vote application forms will be linked to the serial number of the ballot paper.

JZT: That is hogwash. If that was said they were lied to in an attempt to intimidate them. There is absolutely no link and Zec has made this clear. Their vote is secret.

CG: So they have nothing to worry?

JZT: Absolutely. They, like any other citizen have suffered under Zanu PF rule and they want change for themselves and the future of their children.

They want better salaries, better education facilities and a functioning economy, which can only be realised under an MDC government.

They are tired of a system where only those on the top and those who are connected are enjoying the fruits of our country.

CG: What are you offering the people of Mount Pleasant?

JZT: Chris, I am a member of a team; The MDC Real Transformation Team. I am offering Mt Pleasant competent representation at local and national level in transforming our country, informed by five key policy pillars, that is, good governance based on the rule of law, and an end to Zanu PF’s governance culture of impunity, patronage, corruption and fear.

Secondly, Economic Reconstruction, Growth and Employment Creation driven by domestic and foreign investment to resuscitate our collapsed economy.

Thirdly, social transformation that will render health and education services accessible and affordable, including transforming the State from one that is feared to one that cares for its citizens.

Fourthly, the immediate restoration of broken relationships regionally and internationally.

Finally, the implementation of the devolution provisions of the Constitution. In this regard, I will advocate for the decentralisation to the Mt. Pleasant District Office of the following: The localisation of the Engineering and Works Department for the repair of roads; localisation of the repair of streetlights; localisation of the management of public health facilities such as clinics; localisation of the management of public education facilities; localisation of the management of council security services; and a share of the rates and service fees paid by Mt. Pleasant residents to be ploughed back into the district.

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Zim pledges quick results after election

2013-07-13 16:18

Harare - Zimbabwe's electoral body on Saturday vowed to announce the results
of the 31 July 31 presidential polls, pitting veteran President Robert
Mugabe against rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, within five days.

Officials had delayed announcing elections results in 2008 for six weeks
when Mugabe came second to Tsvangirai in the first round of the leadership

"The fifth of August is the date on which, come hail, come thunder, we must
announce the results. That is what the law says," said Rita Makarau,
chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Under a new constitution, the ZEC must announce the results of the
presidential election within five days of voting, but results for members of
parliament are issued earlier, she said..

In 2008, Tsvangirai's first round lead fell just short of an outright
majority , but Mugabe went on to be declared the winner of a presidential
run-off which Tsvangirai had pulled out of in protest over violence.

The July 31 crunch vote will end the pair's power-sharing government that
was brokered with Mugabe as president and Tsvangirai as prime minister to
end an economic meltdown after the 2008 polls chaos.

Tsvangirai has complained about the lack of implementation of key reforms in
the electoral, media and security sectors that were agreed by the unity
government partners.

On Sunday soldiers, police and essential services government staff on duty
on election day cast their special vote ahead of the general public vote on
31 July.

About 87 000 people are set to take part in the early vote.


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Tsvangirai: I Will Beat Mugabe in Free, Fair Election

Loirdham Moyo

WASHINGTON DC — Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says he will beat his
bitter rival, President Robert Mugabe, in the forthcoming general elections.

Addressing about 20,000 people at an election campaign rally held at Sakubva
Stadium in Mutare on Saturday, Mr. Tsvangirai said he is confident that he
will trounce President Mugabe and form the next government.

He said it’s time for the president, who has ruled Zimbabwe for more than 33
years, to take a rest and enjoy time with his family.

The prime minister said people should vote for him in order to benefit from
the country’s abundant natural resources.

Mr. Tsvangirai added that MDC-T youths should not engage in political
violence in the run up to the general polls.

He also said he is not worried about some of the bad issues being said about
him at campaign rallies nationwide. His opponents have accused the former
trade unionist of engaging in some activities that are not fit for a leader
like him.

Mr. Tsvangirai said despite these drawbacks, he is confident of chalking up
a victory in the elections, especially if the polls are free and fair.

He noted that if elected president, he will ensure that there is
transparency in the running of the government.

Also present at the rally was Mavambo Kusile Dawn party president Simba
Makoni. The former finance minister and Zanu PF politiburo member’s party
has formed an alliance with the MDC-T.

The MDC-T unveiled its party manifesto at Sakubva Stadium which promises to
stabilize the Zimbabwe economy at create over 2 million jobs in five years,
among many other issues.

President Mugabe campaigning in Marange, Manicaland Province, on Saturday.
President Mugabe campaigning in Marange, Manicaland Province, on Saturday.
In a related development, President Mugabe on Saturday urged Zimbabweans to
form their own churches.

Mr. Mugabe told thousands of people in Marange, Manicaland Province, that it
is possible for local people to form indigenous churches as Zimbabwe is an
independent nation.

Addressing members of the Johanne Marange Apostolic Faith sect, he said most
churches in Zimbabwe were set up by missionaries.

Meanwhile, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to lead a
60-member African Union (AU) team to monitor Zimbabwe’s general elections.

The AU says Obasanjo will arrive in Zimbabwe 10 days before the polls set
for July 31. The organization says the monitors are drawn from African
non-governmental organisations and member nations.

The team will join nine observers that are already in Zimbabwe where the MDC
formations are crying foul over the voters’ roll which they claim has left
out thousands of aliens and other potential voters.

President Mugabe’s party is opposing the deployment of non-African observers
saying any country which imposed targeted sanctions on him and his inner
circle will not be allowed to observe the elections.

Political analyst Nkululeko Sibanda of Huddersfield University in London
told VOA Studio 7 that Obasanjo is expected to be part of a tough monitoring
team from the AU.

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Mugabe takes a swipe at white people, gay rights in Africa

13 JUL 2013 19:01AFP

Robert Mugabe has accused his political rivals of wanting to "bring back the
white people" and criticised gay rights ahead of Zimbabwe's elections.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (89), clad in a white church robe and
holding a biblical staff on Saturday, appealed to thousands of members of a
church in eastern Marange to support his bid for re-election after 33 years
in power.

"We made a mistake in 2008 to vote for the people who love the white people.
Voting for people who want to bring back the white people and thinking that
there won't be any development without white people," he said.

The veteran leader will go head to head at the ballot box with longtime
rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The vote will end the pair's tense power-sharing government that was forced
by the chaotic 2008 polls.

Speaking in the diamond rich area, about 200 kilometres east of the capital
Harare, Mugabe pushed his message of indigenisation of the economy.

"The rich resources that our country is endowed with are for the black
people, this is our country. And those who must rule this country must be
black people," he said.

Mugabe also attacked gay marriage, saying it was alien to Africa and
criticised US President Barack Obama for urging Africa to respect gay rights
on a recent visit to the continent.

'Weddings are for a man and a woman'
"You heard it when Obama came to Africa saying Africa must allow gay
marriages, even women to marry each other so they can wed if they want," he

"God destroyed the earth because of these sins. Weddings are for a man and a
woman, who when married they bear children," he said.

Mugabe who once said gays and lesbians are worse than pigs and dogs, said
animals are better off because they know their sexual orientation.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Saturday vowed to
announce the results of the July 31 presidential polls within five days of

Officials had delayed announcing election results in 2008 for six weeks when
Mugabe came second to Tsvangirai in the first round of the leadership race.

"The fifth of August is the date on which, come hail, come thunder, we must
announce the results. That is what the law says," said Rita Makarau,
chairperson of the ZEC.

Under a new Constitution, the ZEC must announce the results of the
presidential election within five days of voting, but results for members of
Parliament are issued earlier, she said.

In 2008, Tsvangirai's first-round lead fell just short of an outright
majority but Mugabe went on to be declared the winner of a presidential
run-off – which Tsvangirai had pulled out of in protest over violence. – AFP

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Zuma assasination plot claim hogwash: Zanu PF

12/07/2013 00:00:00
     by The Guardian (UK)

ZANU PF has dismissed as “hogwash” and a “typical set-up” an apparently
secret document said to be from intelligence sources that alleges an
outlandish plot by President Robert Mugabe to hire a Lebanese murder squad
to assassinate his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, and a top

The typed two-page report – persuasively detailed but at times written in
excitable language strewn with grammatical and spelling errors – has been
dismissed by Mugabe's Zanu PF party as "hogwash" and a "typical setup". The
rival Movement for Democratic Change said the assassination threats should
be taken seriously.

They come amid souring relations between the neighbouring countries ahead of
key elections in Zimbabwe this month. Last week Mugabe branded Zuma's chief
mediator, Lindiwe Zulu, “some stupid, idiotic woman” and a "little street
woman" after her failed attempt to force a postponement of elections.

The purportedly leaked document, dated 2 July and of unknown authorship,
contains a paragraph headed: "Lebonese assasins" (sic). It states: "On
Monday this week Mugabe hired six Lebanese nationals to try and assassinate
Lindiwe Zulu, who is Zuma's advisor.

“The six met clandestinely with Mugabe yesterday to be briefed by him on the
details of their mission … The six were told they must not concentrate on
Zulu only, but should also pay attention to Zuma himself, and if they get a
chance to do so they must assassinate him as well – but everything must
appear as an accident."

It adds: "Mugabe promised the six Lebonese [sic] an undisclosed fortune in
cash if they succeed in getting rid of the two who [sic] South Africa senior
officials who are giving him a lot of trouble. Names of the six could not be
established, but they entered into the country via Zambia in the last few
days, where they had previously held a close meeting with [president]
Michael Sata before travelling into Zimbabwe."

The document also claims that Mugabe summoned and castigated security
officers over a leak to the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, regarding the
involvement of an Israeli company in managing the country's electoral role.

Mugabe ordered that "the culprits who leaked the information are made to
suffer and die a painful death", it says. Tsvangirai has spoken publicly
about his concern over the role of the Israeli company Nikuv.

The Guardian has seen a copy of the two-page document but has not been able
to verify it as being genuine. The possibility that it is a hoax designed to
embarrass the opposition cannot be ruled out.

Rugare Gumbo, spokesman for Zanu PF, insisted: "To be frank with you, it's
all rubbish and hogwash to think a head of state like president Mugabe would
set up something like that. We have a disagreement with Lindiwe Zulu but it
would not go to that extent."

Asked about the alleged threat to Zuma, he replied: "You should not take it
seriously. It's a typical setup in Zimbabwe to try and cause some confusion
before the election because we are going ahead with our election according
to our laws whether they like it or not."

Fierce factional infighting within Zanu PF and the security sector has
resulted in a number of damaging intelligence leaks.
Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC's spokesperson, said of the document: "We have had
sight of the intelligence information but we are unable to confirm its
authenticity. For the MDC, the international community must take these
assassination allegations seriously."

But Roy Bennett, the MDC treasurer-general, in exile, was more certain.
"We know the report to be credible; it comes from reliable and trustworthy
sources within the heart of the CIO," he said. "It is a stark reminder of
the full horrific extent that Robert Mugabe is prepared to go in order to
hang on to power and avenge his critics."

The MDC and civil society groups in Zimbabwe have applauded Zuma for taking
a tougher stand against Mugabe than the previous South African president,
Thabo Mbeki.

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Rivals target Mugabe’s advanced age

12/07/2013 00:00:00
     by Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s age and claimed failing health have become a key
campaign issue for rivals fighting to end the veteran leader’s three decade
stay in power this month.

Zimbabwe will hold elections to choose a substantive government on July 31
with Mugabe, who turned 89 this year, again leading his Zanu PF party in the
key vote.

Mugabe has led the country since independence in 1980 and his party for even
longer than that.
Addressing supporters at Neuso in Mhondoro this week, MDC-T leader and
outgoing premier Morgan Tsvangirai joked that Zimbabweans would make it into
the Guinness Book of Records if they elect into office an 89 year-old as the
country’s President.

“I cannot avoid talking about Mugabe’s age. It is a serious national issue,”
Tsvangirai said.
“The old man needs to rest because at 90 years he should be enjoying his
pension. We can’t trust a 90 year-old to run this country for another five

“I gave him four years to pack. Now it’s time for him to go and rest in
Zvimba while an energetic, young and responsive government leads Zimbabwe
into the future,” said Tsvangirai.

Mugabe has also launched his own re-election campaign and addressed some
20,000 supporters at a rally in Chiweshe.
UK-based Zimbabwean academic Miles Tendi who attended the rally said the
Zanu PF leader looked in remarkable shape for a man his age

“Mugabe is old, but in remarkable shape for a man his age. He will conduct
fewer rallies in this campaign than he did in the past, but it is mistaken
to think he will not complete his campaign schedule with steely
determination," Tendi wrote after the rally.

The Zanu PF leader has made several health-related trips to Singapore but
denies he has any major concerns.
He travelled to the Southeast Asian island city-state again late last month
but aides said the trip was for a routine check-up after a cataract
operation carried out in 2011.

Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa – who filed Mugabe’s nomination papers
while he was still away in Singapore – also said Zanu PF had no concerns
over the health of its candidate.

Speaking to reporters outside the nomination court, Mnangagwa quipped: “He
(Mugabe) is fitter than you. He is a careful man. He has gone for a normal
medical check-up on his eye."

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai took his campaign to Kariba on Friday where his MDC-T
party said thousands of supporters turned up despite “attempts by the police
and the Zanu PF militia to block the people from attending” the rally.

The premier again made reference to his rival’s age, saying the elections
give Zimbabweans a chance elect a new and younger leadership with fresh
ideas for turning around the country’s fortunes.

“The elections will be between the past and the future and it is a choice
between the old and the young. Modern politics is not about hate speech or
hailing insults at each other, it is about articulating issues that benefit
the people,” he said.

“Robert Mugabe has nothing to offer but hate language and violence to the
people, it is about articulating issues that benefit the people. In the 33
years that Zanu PF has been in power it has been pursuing disruptive
policies such as indigenisation and the chaotic land reform.

“While Zanu PF is talking about the return of the Zimbabwe dollar, the
people of Zimbabwe know that it is untenable at the moment. However, the MDC
has a plan to return Zimbabwe to a better future for the people. We want to
restore good governance and the rule of law.”

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Mugabe can't be trusted to lead Zim - Mawere


HARARE – Businessperson Mutumwa Mawere says President Robert Mugabe cannot
be trusted to lead Zimbabwe for the next five years.

“Don’t trust anybody, people trusted president Mugabe and today they are
poor,” he told a news conference at the Meikles Hotel on Friday.

He said Mugabe did not have a clue of what is happening in Zimbabwe as he is
trying to recycle bad ideas.

“His world views are wrong, that I can take shares from here and there, then
you become okay, if the views are wrong they don’t require age. You can’t
recycle bad ideas and hope they will become good ideas,” Mawere said.

He said Mugabe continued to abuse the State media in a bid to hide his

“Because he controls the State, he gets coverage visibility. Everything that
he says is reported and everything that anyone says is reported negatively,
that is the tendency,” he said.

“Incumbents are very difficult to fight, not because they have support but
because people don’t know the truth. People are gullible because we don’t
know the other side of the truth.”

Mawere, who recently regained his citizenship after a protracted legal
battle at the Constitutional Court, said people needed to fight for their
voting right, so as to determine their future.

“I am going to vote because I am now eligible, I took my passport today, and
people who need change must work for it,” he said.

“With citizenship comes the obligation, a right to vote, to make sure I don’t
blame other people for their choice. After the election, it will be too late
to say why president Robert Mugabe became a president when I had a right to
stop it.”

He said he had to mount a test case to ascertain the country’s citizenship
laws for the benefit of future generations.

“By testing the right of citizenship on me, now you understand what the
citizenship laws are, will would have never known that. I had to go to the
Con-Court to establish that I am a Zimbabwean. Active citizenship gives
outcome, if you’re not active you get the leadership you deserve and if you’re
silent, you will not get a better outcome and history has defined that. I
was fighting to assert the right to citizenship,” Mawere said.

“That is why I went to court because the Constitution said we want people
like you to be citizens then here I am, I go to (Registrar General Tobaiwa)
Mudede and he says no, you can’t get a passport, an ID but because we’re
nation of law, here is the Zimbabwean passport. And we’re making what?

"The Constitution to have a meaning, I would have expected people like
president Mugabe to say no, Mudede don’t do that, we have this new
Constitution amendment number 20, how can you stop Mawere, if he wants to
register he’s just one vote, why are you afraid of him?”

Reaffirming his support for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s candidature
in the July 31 watershed election, Mawere said Mugabe’s bookish ways had
failed to solve the country’s problems.

“Right now the country is going down while you have a smart leader, you have
president Mugabe with nice speeches, after all the nice speeches people are
still hungry, so I don’t have a president who is smart,” Mawere said.

“I am just saying 33 years, if I had a magic plan I would have shown some
signs of what?

Right now if you go to Dubai, people go to shop there, 33 years ago there
was nothing, it was just camels.”

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Grace tells Mugabe’s rival no vacancy at State House

July 13 2013 at 03:34pm
By Peta Thornycroft

Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe says there is no vacancy at
State House and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader Morgan
Tsvangirai “is dreaming” if he thinks that he will be the next president
after July 31 elections.

Grace Mugabe, who recently opened the most expensive private school in
Zimbabwe, does not live at State House. She and her husband Robert live in a
fabulous mansion in top Harare suburb Borrowdale, which cost them more than
R100 million to build and which is maintained by the state, although it is
their private property.

State House is a very much smaller, colonial-style house compared with the
Mugabe mansion on three floors and extensive grounds with lakes and a

State House is still used for state banquets and official meetings.

It is close to the Harare town centre, but is in a shabbier state and in
need of maintenance.

Addressing thousands of people at a “star rally” at Glendale, outside
Harare, in the run-up to the elections, Mugabe’s wife said the MDC-T leader
was not leadership material.

“I want to repeat what I said in 2008. There is no vacancy at State House.
It is occupied full time.”

She said her husband was a hardworking leader who remained resolute on what
he believed was best for the people of Zimbabwe.

Mugabe himself told the rally Zanu-PF should avoid the mistake it made in
2008 when it lost two constituencies in Mashonaland Central to Tsvangirai’s
MDC – including the one where the rally was held. – Independent Foreign

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Tsvangirai makes job poll pitch


HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday at a rally in
Kariba, job creation will be high on the agenda of an MDC government after
winning the July 31 elections.

The Kariba rally attracted thousands despite attempts by the police and the
Zanu PF militia to block people from attending.

“The next MDC government will revive the agriculture sector which was
destroyed by the Zanu PF government, revive the mining sector and bring
accountability in the selling of the countries’ minerals,” Tsvangirai said.

“In the process of rebuilding the country, there will be the creation of
more jobs.

“Our policy on the social sector, the government should care for the
elderly, orphans and widows. To do this, the MDC will create a fund that
caters for the vulnerable groups while we will create free treatment centres
for those suffering from terminal illness such as cancer and HIV/Aids.”

Describing the forthcoming vote as “watershed”, he said: “It is not only a
transitional election but a generational election and the MDC as the people’s
choice will win it basing on how well the party has performed in the
inclusive government.

“The elections will be between the past and the future and it is a choice
between the old and the young. Modern politics is not about hate speech or
hurling insults at each other, it is about articulating issues that benefit
the people.

“Robert Mugabe has nothing to offer but hate language and violence to the
people, it is about articulating issues that benefit the people.”

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, reacting to comments by First
Lady Grace Mugabe that Tsvangirai was a man of loose morals, “ugly” and
unelectable, said: “Of all the people, Grace Mugabe is not qualified to
comment on the prime minister’s morals because she destroyed the marriage of
an otherwise honourable First Lady that we had. The only philanderer the
prime minister knows of is a president who fell in love with his secretary
while his legitimate wife was dying of a kidney ailment.”

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai said Zanu PF has been pursuing disruptive policies
such as indigenisation and land reform.

“While Zanu PF is talking about the return of the Zimbabwe dollar, the
people of Zimbabwe know that it is untenable at the moment,” he said.

“However, the MDC has a plan to return Zimbabwe to a better future for the

MDC secretary-general, Tendai Biti said the July 31 election will put an end
to 33 years of Zanu PF’s misrule, corruption and lack vision.

“Governance means a leadership that has love for the people,” Biti said.

“The MDC’s love for the people can be seen by its record in the inclusive
government. The very reason while the MDC formed the inclusive government
was to serve the lives of the people from the total destruction of Zanu PF.
People should not forget the suffering they went through in 2008.”

After the Kariba rally, Tsvangirai moved to Magunje in Karoi where he
addressed thousands of other party supporters in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Welshman Ncube yesterday launched his campaign in Chikomba in
Mashonaland East Province accompanied with his coalition partner Dumiso
Dabengwa of Zapu. He said he is poised for victory and those wishing to vote
for Zanu PF and its leader or prime minister Tsvangirai, will be taking back
the country into calamity.

“We want a government that has zero tolerance for corruption, and Mugabe has
failed to deliver on that,” Ncube said.

Ncube added that Mugabe has nothing to offer in the near future as he has
passed his sell-by date.

“What do you think Mugabe will do now which he did not do for you in the
past 33 years? We are not against Mugabe, we don’t hate him but we want the
future of this country which is clear,” he said.

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A Troublemaker Emerges In Zimbabwe Elections

An anonymous Facebook poster calling himself "Baba Jukwa" is causing a stir in pre-election Zimbabwe. Baba Jukwa purports to a member of President Robert Mugabe's ruling political party, but exposes details of corruption by party officials. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Zimbabwean senior researcher for Human Rights Watch Dewa Mavhinga.

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Zimbabwe’s Assange Baba Jukwa Exposes Harare Murder


Published: July 13, 2013

Zimbabwe’s Julian Assange, the faceless Baba Jukwa has exposed the murder of Tinashe Faku the brother of an MDC-T activist in Harare on Friday.

Baba Jukwa who has in the past four months taken the internet by storm reported that Tinashe Faku was shot and killed in Waterfalls at the end of the week.

Below was his post:

Zimbabwe it’s sad that a guy Tinashe Faku has just been shot dead a couple of hours ago kuWaterfalls. Reports say he was mistaken for his brother a very active MDC-T supporter. Mupanduki… This is the same thing that happened to Roleens Gandiwa’s brother. Zvandirwadza, lets not let these people do this to our fellow comrades.

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Zimbabwe yesterday Amai evil Mnangagwa was at Mvuma in a place called Mavise. She announced that she only wants women to come and there is a Womens League Party in the Mavise area. There was a man who took. Photos of Mai Mnangagwa on his phone and he was thoroughly beaten and whisked away in a police van. She brought aprons and mini groceries for the ladies to share. My people please understand that this is no longer time. For your vote to be bought by sugar which comes one day and you will suffer 5years. She is with Mrs Dzimiri the ZEC officer for Chirumanzu who will tamper with votes so Mnangagwa will win far on a scale never witnessed before. Please phone Mnangagwa wife on 0772456319 and Mrs Dzimiri on 0775164125 and tell her we now know their tricks. Mnangagwas people also tampered with the councilor elections in Mvuma leading to a business partner of Mnangagwa Mrs T Mandiopera winning popularly known as Mai Chisadza.

Also soldiers and your families at Suri Suri, here are reasons why you must not vote for Dexter Nduna and his party: 1. Nduna was cashiered after being convicted of theft by conversion, when he was officer IC Airmen’s Mess. He has joined the party of thieves, to steal more from Zimbabwe. 2. Nduna stayed in the Marriage Quarter, and he new your plight from 2005 to 2008 and what he did was to take your few foreign currency, through ‘burning’, he would leave you stranded at Cotton Pickers at night, because you would smell in his cars! 3. Nduna connived with Grp Capt Cahaeruka to steal cattle from the base project and slaughter them at his abattoir, and what happened innocent civilians, they lost though they new the truth! 4. Nduna is very tribal, he will divide our people, he is dangerous to the society, and Zim is one. Down with Nduna and his party!

At Gwanda District today (Friday) Superintendent Mutema was briefing and threatening cops to vote for Mugabe and Zanu which the cops have said to hell with him and his old man. Contact Mutema on 07******** and put him on his place
Meanwhile, Ignatius Chombo who was scheduled to hold a rally @ Muriel mine in the Zvimba North constituency yesterday received rotten eggs to his face. He was welcomed by the Matibiri (Bob close relative) supporters who began calling him names and singing songs like ngaende ngaende in front of him. The CIOs failed to control the mob which resulted into Chombo fleeing. Chombo nearly had an assault had it been not for the Mutorashanga Police which refrained him. What a total confusion in Zanu. The Matibiris where pointing chombo a thief and it amasing that this people know that Zanu is full of thieves.

Those Kombi operators must join Vapanduki train to avoid continued harassment by Zanu and evil cops who force them to put posters of Zanu PF’s Never Kowo failure of which youths led by Precautious Dambuza Marumahoko will pounce on the Kombi operators. Call Precautious on 0777897665 and ask him about this development. He is the one who raped, tortured and killed people in Dzivarasekwa Extension in June 2008 run-off. More to follow
Those who want to join Vapanduki Intelligence Organisation follow this facebook page link and inbox then admin will engage you further—
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Baba Jukwa exposes special vote fraud


HARARE - Election officials, security personnel and officers in diplomatic
missions cast their ballots through postal voting tomorrow, amid escalating
worry over vote rigging.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and shadowy Facebook character Baba
Jukwa have unveiled a well-orchestrated plot to steal the special vote
through outright lies, alleged inflation of figures and claims that
commanders will be able to tell how officers voted.

Baba Jukwa yesterday morning claimed that special voting is in fact starting
today, not tomorrow.

“All opposition parties can you monitor this, it seems Zec is conniving with
(names withheld) and crew,” Baba Jukwa wrote.

“The public is told that Sunday is day of voting, but our internal Vapunduki
Intelligence Organisation (VIO) that cops will start voting tomorrow.

“On Sunday and Monday they will be voting for the second time and I hope
those cops will overwhelmingly teach these evil (name withheld) a lesson
they will never forget.

“To hell with him and don’t protect his ill-gotten health or continue making
sure that his family enjoy life in Australia.”

Baba Jukwa urged observers to closely monitor the special vote.

“Now my concern is Sadc, AU observers and all party representatives open
your eyes open, voting starts tomorrow,” Baba Jukwa said yesterday.

In a daily blizzard of posts, Baba Jukwa has waged an infuriated information
war against Zanu PF, a party of which he claims to be a member.

His prediction of Zanu PF legislator Edward Chindori-Chininga’s demise made
him even more popular among Zimbabweans, who are desperate for change come
the next elections.

Though Zanu PF has rubbished Baba Jukwa’s exposés, his seemingly accurate
predictions have rattled the rank and file in the former ruling party.

Of more than 235 000 Baba Jukwa followers, more than 166 943 locals are now
following him which translates to 71 percent.

In a Baba Jukwa distribution of fans table, the mole claims he has 43 081
followers in South Africa, 5 633 in the UK, Botswana 2 625, United States 1
508, Australia 1 259, Namibia 1 093, Mozambique 611 while Zambia has 508

Postal voting is a process where voters cast their ballots by post in
advance to ensure that voters who are unable to attend their designated
polling stations on the day of elections are allowed to vote early.

The MDC also expressed alarm yesterday: “As MDC we are worried over reports
that some police officers are being told that their vote is being screened
somewhere,” MDC national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said.

“Let it be known by every police officer that their vote is a secret and
they should not be fooled.”

Chamisa told the Daily News that junior police officers should not succumb
to intimidation by their bosses.

“We are watching the game. Soon we will expose those who are busy fooling
themselves on elections. We want only regular police officers (for special
voting) who are on government payroll,” said Chamisa.

During the 2008 disputed poll, members of the uniformed forces complained
that they were forced to vote under supervision of their superiors at army
camps or police stations.

Rita Makarau, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson, has said polling
stations for special voting are going to be moved away from barracks.

Over 87 000 requests of special votes have been received for diplomatic
missions, police, army and prison guards, with police requesting 69 000
ballots, according to the Zec.

But MDC secretary-general Biti said over 120 000 ballots have been

He said there was need to verify whether the people who are going to vote
tomorrow are legit.

“So we have written to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to say prove to us that
they are civil servants, number two prove to us that they’re actually going
to be deployed on election day because the law requires that two things be
shown that you’re a serving member of the force.

Special vote is a privilege not a right otherwise you should queue with us
on 31 July,” Biti told the Daily News.

“So to get that privilege of voting before others, you must show that you
are a member of the special force and two, you must show that you are
actually going to be deployed so those things are areas of contestation so
we are going to challenge that.”

Biti, whose ministry is responsible for the salaries of civil servants, said
there were 32 000 officers eligible yet there was a request for 120 000

“For soldiers and police 120 000 special votes have been applied for but in
2008 we had 5 000,” Biti said.

“At the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zimbabweans who are working in
embassies around the world who have the right to vote using postal voting in
2008 there were less than 4 000 postal votes. In total 120 000 votes have
been applied for, because they have a thieving spirit.

“Over 5 000 prison guards have applied for special votes, but these don’t
need special votes,” he said.
“But to those I say when you get in those ballot boxes, your votes are your
secrets, it will be you and your problems alone in that box,” he said.

Biti said this would be the most critical election of this generation as it
signified an end to a crisis.
Makarau told civil society leaders on Wednesday: “We are relying on the
information that we have from the police that all the applicants are members
of the uniformed police. They have given us their names, force numbers and
EC numbers and that information will say they are all members of the police

“But remember you will be observing the elections, so you will see these men
and women in the queue as they cast their vote in public,” she said.

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Zimbabwe Bishops: may our country rise to new life

2013-07-13 20:12:37

(Vatican Radio) Zimbabwe’s opposition prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai and
longtime leader Robert Mugabe continue nationwide campaigning ahead of
presidential and parliamentary polls scheduled for July 31st.

Earlier this month Tsvangirai said reforms, urgently needed to ensure a fair
and free vote, have not been introduced.

Vatican Radio’s Father Moses Hamungole, is in Kinshasa for the plenary
assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences in Africa and Madagascar.

To find out more about the concerns of the Church ahead of the Zimbabwe
elections, he spoke with the secretary general of the country’s Catholic
Bishops Conference, Fr Frederick Chiromba….

listen to the interview...  RealAudioMP3

Father Chiromba says that Zimbabwe is currently preparing for elections. He
points out “it has been preparing for the past 5 years ever since the
inconclusive elections of 2008 which produced the Government of National
Unity which at least has been able to produce a new National Constitution”

“It was good – he says – “to see Zimbabweans who are generally so polarized,
agreeing on something”

And Father Chiromba points out that this was something the Church had been
calling for as far back as 2006 in view of the difficulties Zimbabwe was
facing at the time.

“The bishops were saying that in order to move things forward we need a
common vision, a new National Constitution and fortunately that was
delivered earlier this year. The next thing are the elections”. And he says:
“the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Zimbabwe has been preparing the nation”.

He speaks at length of the Pastoral letter released by the Conference on
March 15 2013 emphasizing the importance of the elections, which were
described as a second chance for the nation. In fact, he points out, the
title of the Pastoral letter is “Zimbabwe Elections 2013 and the God of
second chances”.

Father Chiromba speaks at length of how the 2013 national elections in
Zimbabwe are as important in determining the destiny of the nation as the
elections at independence in 1980. “In 1980 the country closed the door to
colonialism and opened another to independence. In 2013 the country needs to
close the door to political intolerance, violence, impunity, lack of
transparency and accountability, intimidation, corruption and open another
to a true democratic dispensation in conducting free and fair elections that
respect the will of the people and uphold human dignity”

In that same Pastoral letter the bishops go on to describe the expectations
of the Z people at independence: “At the dawn of independence in 1980, a
nation was born out of a protracted armed struggle and many years of pain,
suffering and oppression. The ideals of the liberation war, of one person
one vote and the yearning for freedom: freedom from oppression, freedom from
racism, freedom from human indignity and violation, freedom from poverty and
hunger, ignorance and disease coupled with the urgent and pressing need for
the recovery and restoration of the land were the driving force behind the
fight for liberation”

So he says, the bishops remind the people of their aspirations at
independence in 1980. And they describe the hardships the nation has faced
since independence and how those expectations were betrayed in the “stark
reality of a nation divided, traumatized and impoverished by this political,
economic and social crisis”. This has manifested itself in the escalation of
violence, corruption, even poverty.

And now the bishops are saying God has offered this opportunity of a new
election as a second chance to really redeem itself.

He says they quote the Blessed John Paul II who said “For a stalk to grow or
a flower to open there must be time that cannot be forced”. And they say now
we have come to the stage in which the nation has to embrace the democratic

And in that vein the bishops call for a credible electoral process, for free
and fair elections.

And they call forcefully for a peaceful environment before, during and after
the elections.

The bishops, Father Chiromba says, conclude their document saying “ We have
written this pastoral letter for Easter 2013 when we remember the death and
resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. May our country rise to
new life in the Lord and move forward to the Kingdom future he promises. We
invite all Christians and people of good will to commit
themselves to promoting peace in Zimbabwe and overcome the culture of
intolerance, intimidation and political violence. As Church we will
endeavour to facilitate forgiveness, national healing and reconciliation in
the years to come. The country has endured many years of violence and will
take many years to heal. In his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Africae
Munus, On The Church In Africa In Service To Reconciliation, Justice and
Peace, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says, “It is important for the present and
for the future to purify memories, so as to build a better society where
such tragedies are no longer repeated.”

And finally, quoting the letter Father Chiromba says “We invite you all to
pray for our country at all times and during all occasions particularly at
this important time in our life as a nation. At the same time it is also
very important that all who are eligible to vote must register and exercise
their responsibility as citizens by casting their votes on the due date,
including Priests and Religious. We thank the God of second chances for
bringing us to the elections of 2013. However, we are also fully conscious
that the God of second chances has a day of judgement. Second chances are
not forever. Let us make the most of the present opportunity to redeem
ourselves in faith; there may be no other chance. May God Almighty bless the
nation of Zimbabwe and grant it the faith, the vision and the courage to
build a Zimbabwe that is free, tolerant, peaceful, prosperous and God

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President Tsvangirai addresses thousands at Sakubva Stadium

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Mutare – A strong crowd of thousands of MDC supporters today converged at
Sakubva Stadium in Mutare to hear President Tsvangirai’s 31 July
presidential victory speech as the MDC prepares to form the next government
after the coming harmonised elections.

MDC supporters from all the districts in Manicaland province attended the

Like at the launch of the MDC elections campaign on Sunday, 7 July, the
people of Zimbabwe showed that they have made their choice.

They came in their multitudes and painted Sakubva stadium RED, including the
elderly and the young who made a bold statement that come 31 July, the
people of Zimbabwe will vote for change.

In his speech, President Tsvangirai said the MDC government will focus on
reviving the industries that were destroyed through Zanu PF misrule.

“There is opportunity of creating more jobs in the timber industry and other
agriculture based products in Manicaland because the sole objective of the
MDC is to open all closed down companies, not only in Manicaland province
but the whole of Zimbabwe,” said President Tsvangirai.

He said the number one enemy in Zimbabwe was poverty, starvation and

“Let us not look at personalities, but let us look at facts of what is on
the ground. The MDC does want power for power's sake. We want to lead this
country with a progressive plan.

“Our first promise is the culture of good governance in this country. We
want a country that has a free people. But that freedom cannot come if
people are living in fear, are ever prone to violence and always checking
their backs on who is behind them,” said President Tsvangirai.

He said the MDC was not here to exchange vitriol with Mugabe and his dying
Zanu PF but to explain to the people of Zimbabwe how best the MDC will move
the country forward to a new Zimbabwe with jobs and a better life for all.

“We want to have a culture of consultation, where the people are able to
contribute to what they want and what is best for Zimbabwe. We want to grow
the economy, not to share and destroy what is there. The people of Zimbabwe
want new opportunities for new wealth. We promise to focus on reviving the
industries that were destroyed,” said President Tsvangirai.

Turning to agriculture, President Tsvangirai said the MDC’s policy was aimed
at ensuring that Zimbabwe’s food security at any given time is guaranteed by
making sure that the farms are fully productive and also providing
employment opportunities to the people of Zimbabwe.

“Those who got farms, know that you got them to farm and to be productive.
As the next government, the MDC will ensure that you will farm productively
and feed the nation,” said President Tsvangirai.

On infrastructure development, President Tsvangirai said the next MDC
government would ensure that dams, roads, railways are fully functioning all
year round while on social services delivery; the President said the MDC
government will ensure that every child in primary school goes to school for

“A government that does not care, cannot be trusted by the people,”
President Tsvangirai said.

“That is why we want to be able to care for the disabled, the widowed,
orphans and disadvantaged through proper pro-people policies,” he said.

Turning to the murky diamond mining in Chiadzwa, President Tsvangirai said
the MDC and the people of Zimbabwe wanted to know where the diamond revenue
was going as the revenue was not being remitted to the Treasury.

“Over 100 000 jobs can be created in Zimbabwe if the revenue was properly
accounted for. If it is remitted, we will be able to pay the civil servants,
not for the revenue to benefit a few Zanu PF aligned elites,” he said adding
that schools, clinics and hospitals should be built using that money.

“That is why devolution in the new Constitution implies that each province
should be in control of decisions to deal with their problems and resolve
them at the local level,” said President Tsvangirai.

On the 31 July harmonised elections, President Tsvangirai said he was
confident that in the face of the coming elections, the only objective is to
give Zimbabweans a breathing space and that he will deliver that to the
people for them to live a better life in a new Zimbabwe.

“It may be hard, but I am thankful that we are all committed to cross the
Red Sea until victory is assured.”

"I want to thank you the people of Manicaland for providing us with iconic
heroes such as (Herbert) Chitepo, Ndabaningi (Sithole) and Edson Sithole,
Chief Rekayi Tangwena and his wife Ambuya Matadzisei Tangwena and many other
heroes who sacrificed so that we can build a better Zimbabwe where democracy
flourishes. We are here to revitalise that dream.

“This why Manicaland has never abandoned the noble fight for democracy
because you have always known that independence without freedoms is useless.
This is the reason you have supported the MDC since its formation.
Manicaland has never strayed from that cause," said President Tsvangirai.

Yes, together we can complete the change!!!

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How many diplomats to change a light bulb?

July 13, 2013, 10:56 am

Dear Family and Friends,

The ugliness that is elections in Zimbabwe has started. For the last four
years we’ve had a “unity” government but all signs of unity have gone out
the window as the real, ugly, power struggles begins again.

When Zanu PF launched their election manifesto it was covered live on the
only television channel that is allowed to broadcast in Zimbabwe. The live
coverage lasted  just short of five hours, and was an uninterrupted ZBC TV
broadcast without even a line at the bottom of the screen explaining what
was going on or when normal programming would resume. Two days later when
the MDC launched their election manifesto there was no live TV coverage at
all and just a short report lasting around  two minutes on the main evening
news bulletin.

Then the shockwaves began, starting with some big, frightening figures.
60,000 police are voting early despite the statement by the Minister of
Finance that there are only 39,000 police on the payroll – so who are the
other 21,000?

Three to four million Zimbabweans living and working outside the country are
not allowed to vote but staff at diplomatic missions are. In 2008,  five
thousand  applications for postal voting came from foreign embassy staff at
diplomatic missions around the world. Four years later the number has
swollen to a massive 120,000. So who are the other 115,000? What’s that joke
about how many diplomats it takes to change a light bulb?

Next came more revelations about voter registration. When the process came
to an end recently there were reports that thousands of people hadn’t been
able to get to the front of the lines. A couple of days later we heard that
in Harare alone over 300,000 people had failed to register. Extrapolate that
number around the country for an even more frightening figure.

Then came the list drawn up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of individual
countries invited to observe the elections. These include: Algeria, Kenya,
Uganda, South Africa, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Brazil,
Jamaica, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Russia, Belarus and Serbia.  Commenting
on the list,  a Crisis Coalition spokesperson wrote: “It’s not a birthday
party where you invite your friends; it is a process where you bring in all
those so you have a proper assessment of your processes…. there is an
attempt to manage perceptions by courting favours and cherry picking.”

Meanwhile at street level, tearing up election posters has become the
favourite sport of the day, except it always happens at night. MDC posters
in Marondera town are being torn down and replaced with those of a
disgruntled candidate who lost in the primaries, decided to stand as  an
independent but is advertising using the MDC colours on posters. And then
overnight came thousands of anonymous A5 flyers strewn all over Marondera
urban and residential areas showing a black man carrying a white man on his
back across a river. ‘Until when?’ was the question it posed at the top,
followed by the words: "The black person is my younger brother, I am the
elder. He is the donkey and I am the rider." The ugly, racist  insinuation
was met with contempt shown by the thousands of flyers left lying on the
ground by midday the following morning. The money wasted on this sick little
attempt to stir up race hate would be so much better spent on cleaning the
town rather than adding more filth.

Despite it all, there is a huge groundswell of hope pulling us forward and a
never before seen determination to go and vote by everyone you meet. Until
next time, thanks for reading. Love cathy

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"Walk the Talk": Zimbabwe must respect and protect fundamental freedoms during the 2013 harmonized elections

Via Amnesty International:Zimbabwean police are continuing to target and intimidate human rights defenders ahead of elections later this month according to a new report by Amnesty International.

"Walk the Talk" details how the police have conducted systematic raids on offices, arbitrarily arrested human rights defenders and seized equipment to intimidate and disrupt the work of organizations carrying out election related human rights work.
“The clampdown on the work of human rights defenders is a worrying indicator that government agencies remain actively hostile to civil society,” said Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s Africa Deputy Programme Director.

“Zimbabwe’s security forces must respect and protect fundamental freedoms as the country prepares for a high stakes election at the end of July.”

At the end of 2012, amid speculation that Zimbabwe would hold elections as early as March 2013, Amnesty International documented increased targeting of human rights defenders and civil society organizations.

Since November 2012, at least five police raids of NGO offices have been conducted and dozens of human rights defenders unlawfully detained. Many are appearing in the courts on trumped-up charges that are widely considered to be politically motivated.

Though the prosecution of human rights defenders doesn’t necessarily result in convictions, they effectively paralyze the organizations through regular court appearances of the leaders; draining finances through high legal fees; and generating fear of long term imprisonment.

Amnesty International also documented clear partisan support by high ranking members of the country’s security services, who have openly pledged their allegiance to President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.

“Such conduct is unacceptable and explicitly prohibited under Zimbabwe’s new constitution,” said Kututwa. “Given Zimbabwe’s history of state-sponsored violence it is guaranteed to generate fear among the population, particularly among communities that experienced serious violations in the 2008 election.”

In the run-up to the June 2008 second round of the presidential election at least 200 people were killed, while thousands were tortured and beaten in a wave of political violence that engulfed the country, often with the acquiescence or active involvement of, the police, army and intelligence services.

In order to resolve the political crisis that followed the election violence, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) stepped in and later that year the Global Political Agreement (GPA) was signed.

Amnesty International calls on the SADC and the African Union as co-guarantors of the GPA to take all measures necessary to ensure non-repetition of state-sponsored violence during the 31 July harmonized elections.

This includes sending election observers to meticulously document human rights violations, in particular those committed by government agencies, and by making a clear public statement that human rights violations will not be tolerated.

“The stakes are high in this election and the run up to it cannot simply be treated as business as usual, either by stakeholders in Zimbabwe or by the international community,” said Kututwa.

“Having just signed a new constitution into force in May, the Zimbabwe government must walk the talk and honour the commitments enshrined in it and protect the fundamental freedoms of its citizens.”

Download the report here

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