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Published on Aug 1, 2012
ZANU-PF ESCALATES IN-HOUSE POLITICAL INTIMIDATION
Venue: Mudzi North
With the election proceedings in Zimbabwe still being decided, President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, the Zanu-PF, continues its campaign of political intimidation, not just towards the opposition, but internally as well.
The following three clips are of Zanu-PF meetings in which the speakers warn those present of consequences for disloyalty towards the party. This includes physical violence in the form of "beatings".
The speakers intimidate those present with violence and party disfavour as association with any MDC member is banned. This intimidation is further exacerbated by demands, in one clip, for the names of MDC members, to what end is unknown.
The recent murder of Sekuru Cephas Magura, the MDC-T chairman for Ward One Mudzi North has been attributed to, in various testimonies (including that of his son), to Kachepa's Youth Militia who invaded a planned MDC meeting in the district (SWRADIO, 30 May 2012) and were incited to do so through incendiary speeches.
With the ruling party vehemently motivating followers to isolate any opposition for violent retribution, there are local fears that politically motivated murders through incitement might become commonplace. With this in mind, the recently announced by-elections might mark the beginning of another potentially bloody election as seen in 2008.