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Zapu, Zanu PF clash over voter slips

STAFF REPORTER

14 February 2018

BULAWAYO –  " A Tiger will never change its spots" The lies told by the President of Zimbabwe Mnangagwa to

the world leaders in Europe that there will be free and fair elections in Zimbabwe have been exposed by what is

happenning on the ground in rural areas accross Zimbabwe. If Zanu government think that the British and

Americans and the western civilised world will pump in money to an economy on its knees because of empty

promises; the Junta have to think again" said an activist in the United Kingdom. This week  Zanu PF and Zapu

supporters here clashed last weekend over registration slips, with the latter disrupting the ruling party’s meeting

at Zhokwe village. The Zapu supporters accused Zanu PF officials in the district of allegedly forcing villagers to

bring their voter registration slips for them to be eligible to receive food aid.

 

This comes amid outcry from opposition parties over continued intimidation of voters by Zanu PF officials, who

of late have been accused of demanding registration slips’ serial numbers from would-be voters.

Southern News understands that the meeting had been called by village head Roger Ndlovu with the agenda to

inform his subjects about the need to register for them to get food aid. However, that was before Zanu PF

officials, led by area commissar Pharaoh Nyaliwa Ndlovu, highjacked the meeting and started giving

instructions that only those who brought voter registration slips would be eligible. This, however, did not go

down well with some Zapu officials that were part of the meeting, who – led by one John Dube – immediately

forced the meeting to adjourn arguing the ruling party had no right to demand the registration slips. Zanu PF’s

Nyaliwa Ndlovu shifted the blame to the party’s local secretary in the area identified as Grace Vumani.

“I was only called to the meeting where I was told by Vumani to bring my BVR (biometric voter registration) slip

for it was a requirement to register for food aid. I did and gave it to her at the meeting.

 

“Chaos started when John Dube challenged the slips issue and his Zapu colleagues joined in. They disrupted

the meeting and it was closed,” Ndlovu told Southern News. Village headman Ndlovu confirmed the

development, saying he had to adjourn the meeting following the skirmishes. “Yes, we had a meeting that was

disrupted by members of Zapu and other people who were disrespectful. They refused to surrender their BVR

registration slips and there was chaos. The registration slips were a requirement for residents to register for

food aid. I failed to hold the meeting and had to close the meeting,” said Ndlovu. Zapu deputy national

organising secretary Ndodana Moyo confirmed the stand-off between the two parties saying the party had to

intervene to protect its members. “It is true we have such a problem in Gwanda Central.

 

What surprises us as Zapu that President Mnangagwa pronounced to the nation and international community

that his government will ensure free  and fair election yet his party is antagonising our people especially in rural

areas where intimidation by Zanu PF is rampant,” Moyo said. “It is against the spirit of free and fair elections as

provided for by the Constitution. However, this time around Zanu PF will not have it easy as they are used to 

run over the MDCs. Zapu matches them man-to-man and we will never have their nonsense. Our Zipra

veterans are already on the ground to protect all citizens.”

Source: DailyNews Live

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