Informed sources said Zanu PF Mashonaland West Provincial chairman John Mafa had attended a meeting last month in Chegutu at which teams were set up to conduct door-to-door voter registration in the province.
The meeting was attended by the MP for Muzvezve Peter Haritatosi, MP for Sanyati Kudakwashe Chaderopa, MP for Chakari Zechariah Ziyambi, youth leader Mike Gava and war veterans, among others.
However, Mafa denied that such a meeting was convened. “I usually attend several meetings, some which will be organised at DCC (District Coordinating Committee), but I do not know the meeting you are talking about,” said Mafa.
Despite his denials, the sources were adamant the meeting was held. “There was a meeting last month in Chegutu and one of the resolutions was to set up teams that would go to constituencies and tell people that instead of going to district offices to register to vote, youth officers in the area would write down their names and their national identification numbers and forward them to the registrar in Kadoma,” the sources said.
The sources said the campaign was in progress in areas such as Muzvezve Block 8 and Windmill with Chenjiri, Golden Valley and Sanyati being earmarked for the next phase.
Youths are being lured with promises of government-funded business projects, but the exercise has also reportedly been causing apprehension as people are not sure whether their names are simply for voter registration purposes or being used to create a parallel Zanu PF voters’ register.
The Election Resource Centre said voter registration is currently riddled with serious problems, including closure of some registration centres, limited time for registration and registration through coercion.