Despite formal condemnations of political violence by
all parties to Zimbabwe's power-sharing negotiations, such violence remains a daily occurrence in Manicaland
Sources there said war veterans and ruling ZANU-PF militia on Wednesday visited Cidimu
farm near Old Mutare Mission and threatened the owner with forceful eviction if
he did not vacate by the end of the month. The owner confirmed to VOA the account of that visit.
week, ZANU-PF militia members invaded another farm in Rusape, Manicaland.
In Buhera South constituency, war veterans have continued to abduct and beat opposition members as such violence has tapered off elsewhere.
Much the same has been happening in the Makoni
South and Chimanimani constituencies.
In Bikita opposition members are being
denied food assistance, sources said.
War veteran leader Joseph Chinotimba,
defeated in March in a bid for the Buhera South seat, is said to be directing
much of the violence.
VOA was unable to reach Chinotimba for comment on the allegations.
Political analyst John Makumbe, a professor at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, told
reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Manicaland has rejected ZANU-PF rule, and the local leadership of the ruling party is still venting anger.
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