Independent candidates cry foul


SOME independent candidates in the June 10 by-elections have accused Zanu PF members of interfering with their campaign programmes by pulling down their posters in order to close them out of the race.


In separate interviews with NewsDay yesterday, independent candidates in Harare said their supporters were also being intimidated by Zanu PF members.

Kuwadzana independent candidate Endai Mugonesa said he had filed several police reports against Zanu PF candidate Betty Kaseke’s campaign teams for allegedly pulling down his posters.

“In Kuwadzana, some Zanu PF youths have actually declared certain sections as no-go areas for other candidates,” Mugonesa said.
“They move around defacing my posters, especially in Kuwadzana 5 and 6.

“At one point, I made a police report, but nothing was done. In fact, the youths pursued me at the police station and no arrests were made.

He also decried the abuse of Chinese-donated rice which he said was being distributed along partisan lines.

In Highfield West constituency, Tafadzwa Dzumbunu, who is squaring off against Zanu PF’s Psychology Maziwisa, alleged some ruling party members were intimidating his family members and supporters.

“There is a lot of intimidation on my supporters and even my family. They come at night and start singing so that they instill fear in me,” Dzumbunu claimed.

“That form of harassment is very unfair. I think we should campaign in peace and let the electorate decide,” he said.
“This has happened since April.

“Besides police, I have also even raised the same complaints with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, but nothing has been done.”

Harare East and Hurungwe West independent candidates Farai Kuveya and Temba Mliswa have also raised similar complaints.

However, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo could not be reached for comment yesterday, while Maziwisa, who is the party’s deputy director of information, said he was in a meeting.


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  3. What did they expect? A walk in the park. Without reforms there will never be free and fair elections. Ask Mliswa and Mutasa

  4. Guys, you the independent candidates pull out from the race and leave Zanu PF run their own race.

  5. i gree with you phakamisa,just like what MDC-T has adopted,they should abandon these by elections unless reforms are met by ZEC coz its qyt obvias they are going to be harassed to the last point.Even the police cant even go against Zanu pf and you think it will be a bed of roses for opposition candidates to win.

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  7. thats what morgan is saying. you insult him in and out when he is telling you he has gone through that. i did hope zapu would say the same since they went through that before mdc.

  8. some people will never learn or heed good advice, how can anyone waste their time competing with zanupf without reforms? After all its the presidential elections that will bring real change to this country

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