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Zimbabwe Civic Group Reports Retribution Following Run-Off Ballot


The Zimbabwe Peace Project said in a new report issued Tuesday that it was appalled by the levels of violence and intimidation that accompanied Friday's presidential runoff ballot, saying violence and intimidation kept most Zimbabweans from exercising their right to vote.

The project said violence continues across most of the country with villagers from Chikunguru village in Nyika, Bikita, Masvingo province, being beaten on Monday by ruling ZANU-PF party militia after they failed to account for six opposition votes cast in the run-off.

Elsewhere, officials of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions voiced distress at violence against their members.

In statements issued Monday, the two organizations said their leaders are now living in fear as they face abduction, harassment, torture and worse by ZANU-PF militants.

Progressive Teachers Union President Takavafira Zhou told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the union lost six members to political violence while many others have been displaced from their homes.

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