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Reign of Terror as Suspected Zanu PF Members Abduct, Assault CCC Supporters in Masvingo

Jevas Makumbe says he was assaulted by suspected Zanu PF activists while watching a World Cup match on Tuesday.

Suspected Zanu PF members are causing havoc in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo region where they are allegedly abducting and beating up opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activists.

According to some of the CCC members, Zanu PF members yesterday severely assaulted opposition activist Jevas Makumbe in Mupandawana growth point while he was watching a World Cup match with local people.

Makumbe said, “They beat me up expressing their dismay over my party affiliation. They do not want to see anyone who supports CCC here. I’m in serious pain.”

The Zanu PF activists allegedly abducted several CCC members and assaulted them. Police in Masvingo declined to comment, referring all questions to Senior Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, who was not responding to calls on his mobile phone.

In his State of the Nation Address on Wednesday, Mnangagwa urged political parties to desist from engaging in political violence, adding that Zimbabweans are expected to vote freely.

“Political players, seeking the people’s mandate during the upcoming 2023 Harmonised Elections, must maintain and consolidate the peace, unity, harmony and love that we have built under the Second Republic. Violent confrontations have never been part of our culture.”

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum and the Robert F. Kennedy Center in USA have urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to stop human rights violations ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Zimbabwe Peace Project recently released a report indicating that there is a sharp increase in the number of politically-motivated violence mainly perpetrated by ruling party supporters and state security agents.

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