Villagers in Chipfunde in Uzumba constituency, Mashonaland Province, say the plea by political leaders to desist from violence appears to have fallen on deaf ears because there is a lot of intimidation by suspected Zanu PF supporters.
Kasere Zaranyika, the provincial secretary of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) wing of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, told VOA Studio 7 that as a result of the intimidation some villagers now have to walk for more than 15 kilometres to the next village to access grinding mills.
There is also fear that some Zanu PF supporters who allegedly raped women in the run-up to the 2008 elections were not prosecuted and may be on the prowl ahead of the coming elections.
Meanwhile, as tension builds up in the run-up to the elections concern has been raised over the deployment of the military in some places in Manicaland Province.
But the Zimbabwe National Army says this is to protect the country against Mozambique’s RENAMO rebels from getting into Zimbabwe.
Political commentator, Qhubani Moyo, who is also the organizing secretary of the MDC wing of Industry Minister Welshman Ncube says the deployment is a ploy by Zanu PF to intimidate people in those regions to vote for President Robert Mugabe’s party.