SUSPECTED state security agents and Zanu PF supporters have allegedly embarked on a terror campaign in rural areas to coerce villagers to vote for President Robert Mugabe in the event of a presidential election run-off with Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week
Political analysts anticipate the countdown to the run-off will be bloody with Zanu PF unleashing war veterans and youth militia to force the electorate to vote for the 84-year-old Mugabe, who will be seeking a sixth term in office.
According to a report released by the MDC this week, Zanu PF-sponsored violence erupted throughout the country during and after the historic harmonised elections on March 29.
â€œIn Mutoko East constituency, Zanu PF members were moving around the villages waving guns of different sizes and type telling the people that the re-run (run-off) was the last chance for them to vote for Zanu PF,â€ read the report. â€œIf they (villagers) donâ€™t (vote for Mugabe) then they would use the guns against them.â€
The party said the Zanu PF militia was also threatening to kidnap villagers they suspected of voting for the MDC in last monthâ€™s elections.
The MDC said the police had failed to respond to the reported cases in Mutoko.
Several incidents of violence, the MDC alleged, took place in Masvingo rural where suspected Zanu PF militia and soldiers allegedly assaulted villagers.
According to the report, Harareâ€™s high-density suburbs of Epworth, Rugare, Glen View and Mabvuku-Tafara also recorded cases of violence.
The opposition party further claimed that a member of the MDC in Harare was beaten up and sustained â€œserious injuriesâ€ for celebrating the partyâ€™s victory in the House of Assembly elections.Â
By Bernard Mpofu