IPD leader tells Zim govt to postpone bloody elections

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Hebert Chamuka

South Africa based opposition leader for Ideas Party of Democracy (IPD) Hebert Chamuka has called on the Zimbabwean government to postpone by-elections which has been characterized by violence.

Chamuka’s utterance come at a time Vice President Constantino Chiwenga described the opposition as ‘lice that needs to be crushed’.

“I have heard others here saying down with triple C, let me assure you that there is nothing that it can achieve, you see how we crush lice with a stone.

“You put it on a flat stone and then flatten it to the extent that even flies will not make a meal out of it. That is what we are going to do to CCC,” said Chiwenga at a rally in Kwekwe.

Since then Zimbabwe has been thrown into turmoil and Zanu PF is not showing signs of slowing or wanting to reform, maiming and killing opposition activist, torching houses belonging to opposition leaders and using state machinery to thwart any opposition.

The ruling party has also been accused of tempering with the voters roll defranchising urban voters so that they could not vote in the coming by-elections.

Zimbabwe Election Commission stand accused of transfering a sizeable population from their wards in a bid to aid Zanu PF in the upcoming election.

Chamuka said the atmosphere in Zimbabwe was not conducive to hold by-elections slated for March 26.

“I once said that the by-elections should be stopped. The playing field is not equal.

“The by-elections will be bloody and violent. This is because Zanu PF is always in liberation war mode.

“I urge Zanu PF not to be violent. There is no need to be violent because the elections are not presidential elections,” he said.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has also banned opposition rallies while allowing the ruling party to conduct it’s campaign freely.