Mwenezi East By-Election-Incident report
Following the chaos that characterised Zanu PF’s Masvingo Province, the ruling party’s highest decision making body, the Politburo ordered the dissolution of the executive and fresh elections.
Incidents recorded during the run up to the elections point towards unprecedentant levels of factionalism that may destabilise peace in Masvingo.
Mwenezi East has been a hot bed of politically motivated human rights abuses in previous elections. In March 2008 most schools, business centres, clinics, growth points and resettlement areas operated as terror bases. A number of politically motivated murders were recorded in 2008 where in one instance a teenager revenged the murder of his father after realising that the known perpetrator still walked scot free.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project condemns the practice in Mwenezi East by some authorities who are forcing residents to obtain birth certificates and Identity cards for the purposes of registering for the upcoming by election. The registration took place at Chingwizi Primary School in Ward 13 of Mwenezi East from the 24th of February to the 1st of March 2017.