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Murder, hate speech tarnish Zimbabwe poll campaigns

Murder, hate speech tarnish Zimbabwe poll campaigns

ZANU PF factions

by MARCUS MUSHONGA 
HARARE, (CAJ News) THE alleged killing of a woman in the factional
clashes of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front
(ZANU-PF) has raised fears of a violent election at the end of the month.

Identified as Laiza Marimo, the victim recently died in the Mashonaland
West Province in what seemed like a hit-and-run accident.

However, failure by police to sufficiently investigate and provide a
satisfactory postmortem has left the family fearing the death was
politically motivated.

The deceased was running campaign programmes for independent candidate, Temba Mliswa, fired from ZANU-PF in 2015 as the party purged senior officials sympathetic to fired deputy president, Joice Mujuru.

Marimo’s family is living in fear. It alleges supporters of ZANU-PF
stalwart Christopher Mutsvangwa are behind the suspected murder.

Mliswa and Mutsvangwa are eyeing the Norton Constituency in the
forthcoming elections.

Mutsvangwa’s campaign team allegedly threatened the deceased several times.

A food distribution exercise has been also aborted in the area after
supporters of Mliswa and Mutsvangwa clashed over disagreements on who should distribute the aid.

It maintains a tendency to gain political mileage using food.

These are among political tensions documented by the Zimbabwe Peace
Project (ZPP) this month.

ZPP stated that July had seen a deviation from the political party code
that parties recently signed to commit to peaceful polls.

The organisation has documented 71 violations during the month.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activist, Maureen Kademaunga, recently likened ZANU-PF members to cockroaches that needed to be exterminated on July 30.

“The imagery of exterminating rivals is usually likened to what happened
in the Rwandan genocide,” ZPP warned.

Zimbabwe has a reputation for violent polls. The July 30 exercise, the
first to be held without Robert Mugabe, will be a tight contest between
MDC and ZANU-PF.

– CAJ News

 

 

 

 

 

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