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Post-Election Political Violence Persists In Zimbabwe's Manicaland Province

Despite formal condemnations of political violence by all parties to Zimbabwe's power-sharing negotiations, such violence remains a daily occurrence in Manicaland province.

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.

Last 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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