VIOLENCE and HARASSMENT
LINKED TO THE POLLING PROCESS
7TH – 11TH MARCH 2002
The following information is sourced from ZHR Forum violence updates, CFU updates,
direct from interviews with clients and NGOs, and from selected media reports.
Information is included in good faith and may be subjected to correction. Information is
also very partial at this stage and will need to be updated.
Incidents which took place at polling stations or that directly involved targeting of election
officials and observers, are in italics. Other incidents involve violence of civilians that is
political in nature but not within the immediate vicinity of a polling station.
6 March 2002: Gokwe East
It was reported that an unnamed MDC driver was ferrying MDC literature and food
supplies for election agents, seals for the ballot boxes and stickers when he was stopped
by the ZRP and detained without charge. The vehicle and its cargo were impounded.
7 March 2002: Chimanimani
Six MDC polling agents were assaulted and two party vehicles were impounded. This is
one of numerous instances of MDC election preparations being interrupted in
7 March 2002: Goromonzi
AT was assaulted by Zanu-PF members for being MDC and failing to show them some
of the MDC supporters around the area. He was taken to their base at Goromonzi turn off
and assaulted using sticks, hose pipes, hands and booted feet. He was burnt on the eyelid
with a cigarette by one of the assailants.
CM was assaulted by Zanu-PF supporters for allegedly supporting the wrong party. They
used hosepipes, sticks, open hands and booted feet. The assailants took the victim at his
workplace and took him to their base at the Goromonzi turnoff along Mutare road. Was
assaulted all over the body and burnt on the eyelid with a cigarette.
7 March 2002: Mutasa
Evelyn Masaiti (MDC MP for Mutasa) was stopped by soldiers at a roadblock en route to
Mangwana village. Her driver was arrested and Masaiti followed them to Ruda Police
Station where the soldiers assaulted her until one of them ordered them to stop. Masaiti
was investigating the arrest of 10 MDC polling agents by Ruda Police.
Ten MDC polling agents were arrested under POSA at St Martins High School while
gathered awaiting deployment. They were allegedly tear-gassed in police cells. Mutare
lawyer Arnold Tsunga was also arrested and detained for two hours at Ruda while
seeking their release.
8 March 2002: Rushinga
17 MDC polling agents were arrested under POSA. One of numerous similar reports but
no further details.
8 March 2002: Shamva
NK, RC and MK were campaigning for the MDC at Chipole Farm. They were allegedly
followed by Zanu-PF supporters who threw stones at their campaign truck. The
perpetrators were in vehicle with the registration number 640-006H. NK sustained
injuries to his mouth and his left ear which now has reduced hearing.
PJ was a polling agent deployed in Shamva. He was allegedly attacked by more than 30
Zanu-PF militia. He was hit with sticks and sustained injuries on the back of his head.
8 March 2002: Chinhoyi
“Around 20:00 hours at Chemunde School in Chinhoyi, we deployed our MDC polling
agents. Because we were not familiar with the place we got lost several times and in the
process we were stopped by Zanu-PF youths. They ordered us to get out of the car and
dragged us towards their base. There, at the base I was assaulted with clenched fists,
booted feet, logs and I also had both legs and arms tied with barbed wire. I was assaulted
on the back with logs and below the feet with logs as well. I was clapped on the face with
open hands. “
PM was deploying MDC polling agents when he was stopped by Zanu-PF youths and
taken to their base. There he was beaten under feet and all over my lower limb with logs.
He was beaten on his back and buttocks with sjambocks. He was clapped on both eyes
with hands. He sustained injuries on his right hand, and , injuries on his buttocks. He
was only released at around 0500hrs the following morning.
JK was at Chemunde School with some colleagues on the 8th of March deploying MDC
polling agents. JK and his colleagues were stopped by Zanu-PF youths. They ordered
them out of the car and dragged them towards their base. When they arrived at the base,
JK clapped on the right eye and beaten with logs on both elbow joints. He was also
beaten on both lower limbs, his back and his feet with logs. He was only released the next
morning at around 5:00am. He sustained injuries to his legs which are swollen and
bruises on his lower back and face.
8 March 2002: Dzivarasekwa
Tapiwa Matunya and other bus passengers had their IDs confiscated in searches of buses
commuting into city centre by the police. They were told they would be returned after
polling on Monday
8 March 2002: Glen View, Harare
Better Tsandugwa (ZANU-PF Branch Chair) was allegedly attacked and ‘bundled into a
car belonging to MDC youths. His whereabouts are still unknown.
8 March 2002: Gweru Rural
A windscreen of Gasela’s car was shattered after ZANU-PF members stoned his car.
Polling agents fled from the attackers based at the polling station.
8 March 2002: Makoni West
Agnes Msaza, Mildred Simango (polling officials) and Daniel Maroso (a driver) were
injured (cuts and bruises) when a lorry carrying 40 polling officials was stoned. The rear
windscreen of the lorry was shattered. The attackers are suspected MDC supporters
8 March 2002: Marondera East
An unspecified number of people had their IDs confiscated by a group camped near the
FT was assaulted by soldiers on 10 March at 2300 hrs in Mupani Street in Rujeko,
Dombotombo, as she was returning from a funeral. The soldiers used their hands and
guns to beat the victim, who sustained a swollen left forearm and bruises to her left
buttock. The victim was treated at Borrodaile Hospital.
8 March 2002: Hurungwe East
Godfrey Gumbo and his maid Lucy were allegedly assaulted by a group of about 15
Zanu-PF and war veterans at his shop premises in Magunje whilst he was briefing civic
and church leaders on the MDC’s plans for the area. They two were stoned and beaten
with rods. Another unnamed man was also stoned and received 5 stitches to his head.
Godfrey’s radio and kitchen utensils were stolen. Gumbo previously witnessed the
murder of Milton Chambati at the same location.
8 March 2002: Silobela
Six unnamed MDC polling agents were injured when the Madza B2200 truck belonging
to Abednigo Malinga (MDC MP, Silobela) carrying polling agents was ambushed and
torched. The polling agents were stoned and they fled. They did not sleep overnight with
polling boxes which they were following to Crushers and Broomsgrove School.
9 March 2002: Zengeza
Unnamed voters were forcibly dispersed and ordered to go home by the Riot Squad after
‘some disorder’ at the heavily-queued polling station.
9 March 2002: Zvimba North
Solomon Chipamawanga and two unnamed MDC polling agents were abducted from a
polling station after it closed and assaulted at the ZANU-PF office in Raffingora. The
ballot boxes were left unattended.
9 March 2002, Karoi
There is reportedly thousands of people who had their IDs stolen or confiscated by
ZANU-PF, members of ZNLWVA and the youth militia at Hestcheth Park Farm in
Karoi. These individuals lose their right to vote because of their lack of identification
9 March 2002: Kuwadzana, Harare
Twelve unnamed voters were injured when the police tried to restore order after anger
erupted at extremely slow polling and excessively long queues.
Unnamed assaulted by members of ZNLWVA, and forced to go home before voting.
9 March 2002: Glen View, Harare
JM was an accredited ZESN observer. After polling on 9 March he was followed by
Zanu-PF youths who beat him up at Glen View 8 Shopping Centre for supporting the
MDC. He was beaten with heavy sticks. Some police officers are said to have arrived and
also joined in with the beating. JM was beaten for about 40 minutes.
9 March 2002: Chimanimani
Alexander Musiyadziriye (ZANU-PF) had his house torched (value not available) by
people who are suspected MDC supporters.
9 March 2002, Bindura
RM was allegedly abducted from Mupfumvuti School in Bindura at 5 pm along with two
others. She was stationed at a polling station at the school as a local observer. RM. was
detained and harassed for seven hours and later released. During the incident the victim
lost her spectacles.
9 March 2002: Goromonzi
SC reported that while he was assessing MDC polling agents at Rusike Business Centre
in Goromonzi they were attacked by Zanu-PF supporters and beaten up. He, together
with IM and AM were force marched to Munamba Base and beaten up with iron bars,
leather straps, heavy sticks, bricks and fists. AM’s car tyres were deflated at Rusike and
the militia later burnt his car. They also took $28 000, his cell phone and other personal
items. They were later driven to Murehwa war veterans command centre and interrogated
under direction of base commander, Katsiru. He was later taken to Murehwa Police
9 March 2002, Budiriro, Harare
It was reported that ZRP officers visited Status Bar in Budiriro and asked the workers to
close at 10 pm. There were still customers in the bar. The policemen came back at 12
midnight and started beating up customers including two workers who were injured .
Riot police allegedly arrived at Budiriro 1 Primary School polling station and – without
provocation - started beating up the queuing voters with batons. People fled over walls
while other were forced to run away. PM was injured on the knee and his eyes were
affected by the tear gas. He also lost all personal effects, ie. ID, Passport, ATM card as
well as $1 300.
9 March 2002: Glen Norah, Harare
A number of voters were dispersed and ordered to go home after frustrated voters broke
gates in order to enter the polling station. The Presiding Officer, Chatsworth Mabheka
called in the riot squad.
9 March 2002: Gokwe North
An MDC polling agent named as Nicchodemus, was reported as having been abducted by
ZNA officers providing security at Chomukuyu Polling Station polling station were
reported as having chased away MDC polling agents for the whole day. As a result MDC
polling agents failed to observe polling at this station.
9 March 2002: Highfield, Harare
It was reported that at Kudzanai Primary School Polling Station the police were beating
up people in the queues in the name of maintaining order. However, the crowd’s
behaviour did not warrant any violent response from the police. The crowd was
displaying signs of impatience at the slow voting process.
9 March 2002: Matobo
A man was ejected from a pub after saying he hadn’t voted. He was offered a lift to a
polling station and threatened with assault if he didn’t go.
9 March 2002: Shamva
Thirty unnamed MDC polling agents were assaulted with clubs and broken bottles by
unknown group of people.
9 March 2002: Chinoyi/ Banket
There were police searching from farmhouse to farmhouse of farmers on a list of
resource people in the Election Support Network. A number of families of farmers on the
list were evacuated when they realised that Police Support Unit were intent arresting
everyone on the list – this is at least 25 of 50 families.
10 March 2002: Karoi
MY went to the polling station at Tavoy Farm in Karoi where he was confronted by
suspected Zanu-PF supporters and was accused of being an MDC supporter because he
had been brought there by whites. He was beaten all over the body, head and on the soles
of his feet for over an hour. MY was also urinated on. The militia attempted to drown
him and burn him before releasing him.MY sustained injuries to his back and soles of his
AZ was a polling agent for the MDC at Tavoy Farm in Karoi. He was allegedly abducted
by Zanu-PF youths during his lunch break. AZ was beaten all over his body, head and
soles of his feet.
WM was attempting to vote at the polling station at Tavoy Farm in Karoi when he was
dragged into the bushes by suspected Zanu-PF youths. He was beaten up for over an
hour for having been brought by a white man to the polls. They beat him all over his
body, head and soles of his feet and they urinated in his mouth.
10 March 2002: Kadoma West
IM was the ZESN supervisor for Kadoma West. He was abducted by militia to Patchway
militia base near Kadoma. He was badly beaten but later managed to escape.
10 March 2002: Kuwadzana
CC was a local observer. He was allegedly assaulted with baton sticks by riot police at
Kuwadzana District Office. CC sustained multiple injuries and was vomiting blood. He
also had bruises all over his body.
10 March 2002: Harare East
DM was cycling in Borrowdale Road at around 8 am in the morning. She was allegedly
stopped by presidential guards and asked why using she was using that road. They then
asked to sit in water and the to roll in it. The perpetrators were two presidential guards, a
soldier and two policemen. She was made to carry her bike on her head for about 300
metres. One of the soldiers loaded his gun and pointed it at DM. A man driving past was
told not to look and the gun was pointed at him. One of the soldiers saw a police car
coming and warned the others to stop.
10 March 2002: Gokwe North
The polling station in Kasawanga Village was reported to have been set up at the
headman’s homestead. The headman is said to have called people’s names from his
village register. The police did not provide security but instead by youths from the Border
Gezi National Service Youth Service Training Centre fully clad in their green uniforms.
10 March 2002: Harare Central
AC was an accredited local observer with ZESN. He was accosted at the polling station
at Admiral Tait School and taken to the Zanu-PF provincial headquarters in 4th Street.
He suspects that his abductors were CIO agents. He was beaten and then had all his
documents taken away before they let him go. At the polling station he was told that all
local observers were barred from the polling station.
Suspected CIO agents are alleged to have abducted CG from Admiral Tait Polling
station. He was taken to the Zanu-PF provincial offices in 4th Street. He was beaten with
booted feet, slaps and fists. The victim had $250 and an electric test metre taken from him
before he was let go.
10 March 2002: Makoni East
Persuade Jonasi, was attacked Vengere 602 hall polling station while on duty as CIO
security agent. He was left for dead and admitted to Rusape Hospital overnight.
Mark Egen and Amos Kutiya, of the MDC, were attacked at Vengere 602 Hall polling
station. They had their car stoned less than 500 m from the polling station while taking
food to polling agents on duty.
10 March 2002: Marondera
A 32 year old male clerk was returning home at night from a funeral and was accosted by
soldiers who beat him with their guns.
10 March 2002, Chimanimani
Charleswood Estate, Chimanimani. Whilst at the Chipinge Club having lunch, the owner
was confronted by 38 policeman and 17 army personnel, who accused him of having 12
bars of soap, which they claim he could use to wash the dye off people’s hands so they
could vote again. They confiscated the soap and searched the club.
10 March 2002, Marondera West and East
Following the setting up of a polling station at Chakadenga, ZANU (PF) supporters
trashed the polling station and farm village and a truck belonging to the owner of the
farm was stolen. The assailants attacked farm labour, who were either dispersed into the
bush or forced to go to the nearby "war vet" base camp at Chop Chop Store. The
attackers abducted the security guard from the homestead, saying they were taking him to
their torture chamber. Police were contacted but no definite response was given.
On Arcadia, Marondera East Constituency, two ZANU (PF) settler leaders from
neighbouring Wenimbe Farm, forced labour to go en masse under their supervision to
vote at Wenimbi School.
10 March 2002, Hwedza
Lifton, Hwedza Constituency, reported the same assailants responsible for the attack at
Chakadenga in Marondera West Constituency, entered the farm village and beat up
workers, some so severely they were unable to walk.
On Bristol/ Fels, Hwedza Constituency, all labour from both farms were rounded up by
Zanu (PF) youths and told to vote at Numwa polling station, where severe intimidation
was taking place. Many of the labourers had previously been beaten and were not able to
walk that far.
10 March 2002, Chinoyi
In Chinhoyi, Hillpass Farm was visited a second time last night, 11.03.02, and the owner
fired shots in the air to disperse the intruders.
10 March 2002, Norton
On Sherwood, Norton, it transpired "voter training" took place in the Mhondoro
communal area where labourers had to put their ballot papers in a ballot box and were
given ZW$ 1000.00 to vote for ZANU (PF).
10 March 2002, Chakari
Chakari - Occupying "war vets" from seven farms amassed labour early on the morning
of 09.03.02, and frog marched them to the polling station. Most of them were taken to
Tawstock where the local M.P. Mr Ziyambi has taken up residence in the owner’s guest
10 March 2002, Guruve, Mash Central.
One MDC election agent and 15 logistics support personnel (one is a farmer) were
detained on pretext of possessing unlicensed radios, which interfere with ZRP
frequencies. The group was visited today in Mahuwe by ZRP ex Bindura in Land Rover
registration ZRP152X during course of 10 March checking all radio serial numbers and
Purported CIO members then visited logistics base camp near Mahuwe at 23.30hrs 10
March in very threatening manner but upon sight of cameras in hands of logistics
personnel they rapidly dispersed. Members of the logistics team avow that these visitors
were not bona fide CIO personnel but various militia, women and graduates of the Border
Then before 0700hrs today, 11 March, ZRP arrived and confiscated all radios thus
preventing logistics support for team assisting MDC election agents in Guruve North
district with food etc. ZRP then escorted members of the logistics team to Guruve police
camp. where (because one member of the team was able to hold down the open button on
his radio) the whole process was listened to by outside members of the team who had
escaped being rounded up.
One member of the detained team was assaulted by a ZRP officer and can be verified by
those listening. Later all radios were switched off and locked away by ZRP.
16 personnel in detention for 48-hour period according to ZRP member in charge.
Detention of the electoral agent means that he was effectively neutralized from
observation of the ballot boxes from Guruve North polling stations between their closing
and start of ballot counting at 0700hrs tomorrow a.m.12 March.
11 March 2002: Hwange East
31 villagers were allegedly assaulted by suspected Zanu-PF youths at Ndimakute Primary
School. Three of them were seriously injured and taken to Victoria Falls hospital. The
youths have since been arrested by the police.
11 March 2002: Glen Norah, Harare
CC reported that at Zuvarabuda Primary School people waiting to vote were arrested
and taken to Glen Norah police station for trying to vote twice even though they had not
been tested for the ink.
11 March 2002: Guruve North
A.M., an election agent and part of the vehicle support unit reported that on, a lorry
carrying the ballot boxes from Katchuta polling station at left 5.30am instead of the
agreed 7.00am. A.M. rediscovered the lorry as it drove through Guruve three hours later
(note – the lorry took two hours longer than it should have on the journey). A.M. went to
Guruve police station to try and find out what the situation was with other polling agents
in the area.
He received no information at the police station but as he was leaving heard a police
radio message ordering the arrest of polling agents in the Mavuradonha mountains. He
alerted the Commonwealth observers hoping for intervention but received no help there.
At 11.00am, A.M. returned to the police station in Guruve. He was apprehended by
Inspector N. He and another group of people at the station were informed that they were
under arrest and would be charged under the POSA for assaulting a police officer and
using a radio with out a licence.
The group were not allowed to make any calls and were detained at Guruve police station
for the night. Conditions were described by A.M. as cramped and unsanitary. Thirty-one
prisoners were kept in a room measuring 6m x 5m, with a hole in the corner for a toilet.
There was little fresh oxygen in the cell, and the concrete floor was covered with thin
blankets. Food was scarce, either a little porridge or a bread roll. Later on, the group was
transferred to Bindura police station, where they were told that they would be beaten up.
Upon arrival at Bindura police station, they were told that they would have to give
statements to the police. At this point the lawyer for the group interceded with the police
who said that they would drop the charges under POSA and keep the men in for the radio
charge. A.M. declined to accept the offer and was detained for a second night at Bindura
police station, along with the remainder of the group. He describes the cell conditions as
being similar to Guruve but with less oxygen circulating around the cell. On the morning
of 13 March, the men signed an admission of guilt statement, and they were released with
bail that afternoon.
11 March 2002: Binga
EM, an observer for ZESN, was arrested at female Pashu Polling Station for filling in a
form with details and observations of voting for the day.
11 March 2002; Chipinge
AM reported that around 50 people at the end of a voters queue were rounded up by the
police and arrested for trying to vote twice towards. Their hands were not actually
checked for ink. The group was allegedly lumped into one cell and spent the night at
Warren Park police station.
POST ELECTION, POLITICALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE
There have been massive numbers of displaced people internally, in the wake of the election.
Some estimates place the number at between 10,000 and 30,000 people nationwide, who have
fled from rural areas of persecution to the cities, mainly Harare. Those on the run are those
accused of having voted from the MDC.
There is variation in the level of reprisals from one area to another, with Mashonaland
provinces, Midlands, Masvingo and Manicaland all reporting high levels of reprisals.
Matabeleland remains tense but comparatively calm, with people in these areas now tangibly
facing starvation and queuing for days without relief, hoping for maize. Unconfirmed reports of
two deaths from starvation have recently been received, from Tsholotsho.
12 March 2002: Buhera North/ South
Two huts belonging to an Zanu-PF supporter were torched, damaging property worth
12 March 2002: Kuwadzana, Harare
SC was allegedly attacked by Zanu-PF supporters. He was later detained by the police at
Kuwadzana Police Station from 6 pm until 12 midnight. SC was then taken to
Parirenyatwa Hospital for treatment. He has chest and shoulder pains and also sustained
12 March 2002: Glen Norah, Harare
BC was allegedly beaten up by Zanu-PF youths. The youths then called in the police who
took him to Glen Norah police station where he was detained overnight. He was released
on 13 March 2002.
12-15 March: commercial farming incidents
The Nyamazaan manager, Featherstone, returned briefly on 11.03.02 to collect a few
possessions from his home, but was unable to leave as he was barricaded in by a mob.
Demands were made he pay the workers’ retrenchment packages and he could then reclaim
the money from the owner. The situation was defused.
Wenimbi Valley - On the morning of 13.03.02, as it became clear which way the election
result would go, a mob of "war vets"/youths/settlers arrived at the homestead on Spes Bona
farm, confronting the owner. He was given six hours to get off the farm. The mob took a
tractor and entered a shed where some maize was stored, which they stole. The group then
proceeded to Ruware, where again the owner was given six hours to go, and told his
possessions were now theirs to share out amongst themselves. Police response has been
Braeside Farm, Banket, was looted 1630 hr on 12.03.02. The group of 33 damaged the
outhouses then moved down to the farm village. Both police and Support Unit reacted,
arresting 12 people. Meryl Harrison of the National SPCA conducted an animal rescue on
Chakari - ZANU (PF) youths on the celebration night after the election result came out, beat
up two people on Mopani Park. They then went to Deweras and burnt three houses as well
as a beer hall and a kitchen in the farm village at approximately 2030 hr. Police did respond
but the group went on to Chevy Chase Farm and burnt 21 kitchens outside the houses of all
the work force. Police appear to be responding and making arrests.
At Umjanjele Ranch, Masvingo, the owner was told that now ZANU PF has won the
election he had better sort the grinding mill out and have electricity connected for its use.
13 March 2002: Gokwe East
Seventeen MDC polling agents were assaulted and had their homes torched. They then
fled the area.
13 March 2002: Gokwe West
Seven unnamed MDC polling agents, were assaulted and had their homes burnt down.
They then fled the area.
13 March 2002: Kwekwe
Funny Mahuni was killed en route to work (for a night shift) in Mbizo, Kwekwe. His
abdomen was slit open. Mahuni had refused to allow his two daughters to attend Zanu-PF
pungwe’s in Mbizo. The leader of Mbizo base told him he would be killed for refusing to
obey Zanu-PF orders.
13 March 2002: Mabvuku
Margaret Takaendesa, the Zanu-PF chair for the district, had her house stoned and
windows broken. The durawall was also damaged with the total damage valued at Z$120
000. Four persons were arrested, detained, charged with malicious damage to property
over the incident.
13 March 2002: Gokwe East
James Nevana, aged 32, an MDC polling agent, is abducted and tortured at a militia
camp. He has bicycle spokes poked through his genitals, rupturing one testicle, and is
forced to drink poison that gives him stomach pains.
Wallace Humana, 26, the MDC chairperson for Gokwe East claims that seven
people died in his constituency in the pre-election period, some instantly and some
14 March 2002: Norton
The farmer owners of Windsor Farm in Norton were held hostage from 9.30pm until
midnight by a group of about 87 settlers from the farm. They were slapped and poked
with sticks. Some personal items including radios were stolen from them. The couple was
rescued by neighbours.
15 March 2002: Marondera East/West
Darlington Vikaveka, an MDC supporter and a farmworker at Offshoot / Oxford Farm,
was severely assaulted on accusations that he sympathised with the MDC. The assault
took place in the early morning in the presence of Constable Chikowe of the ZRP and
Obert Makiwa, a Zanu-PF supporter. Farm owner John Rutherford, was also assaulted
after he was accused of ordering the destruction of farm occupiers’ housing on the farm
and giving a cellphone to his worker so that he could tell the MDC about illegal settlers.
Darlington later died en route to Marondera Hospital while Rutherford was admitted
to Marondera Hospital where condition was stabilised.
15 March 2002: Chipinge South
Eight teachers including James Moyana and Chikukwa were severely assaulted with
knobkerries, iron bars, chains, sticks by Zanu-PF supporters in Checheche for their
support of the MDC.
15 March 2002: Marondera
A security guard accused of burning a ZANU PF truck was told to report three times a
week to the police station. After reporting on Friday 15 March he was taken to the ZANU
PF offices where he was severely beaten.
17 March 2002: Shamva
30 year old mine worker was assaulted on 17 March. He fled and on returning home on
the 22 March had his house partially destroyed. He fled to Harare.
18 March 2002: Norton
Mashonaland West (South) - Norton – Norton farmer, Terry Ford of Gowrie
Farm, who was in his mid fifties was bludgeoned to death sometime in the early
hours of the morning on Monday 18th March,2002. Just before midnight, a group of
about twenty, suspected to consist of settlers and war veterans, approached the homestead
area. Mr Ford, who was alone in the house, immediately made a report to the Norton
police station and alerted a neighbouring farmer. At 02.15hrs, Mr Ford contacted the
neighbour to say that there still had been no police response and that he would remain
vigilant and call for assistance if necessary. Mr Ford’s battered body was found in the
early hours of the morning
18 March 2002, commercial farming incidents
Manicaland - Chipinge – Farmer on Smithfield Farm, was dipping his cattle when he was
surrounded by ZANU PF supporters who said he could not leave until he had given them a
cow, he managed to escape and reported the incident to the police who then dispersed the
Mashonaland Central - Bindura - On Benridge Farm, the crop guard and his wife were
abducted by youths from Ledbury Farm on Friday evening at 6pm. The guard was severely
beaten and both he and his wife were returned the next morning and ordered to leave the
farm. The Police responded and managed to defuse the situation.
Assault in Marondera North - At Oxford farm in Marondera North at 6.00am on Friday
morning, John-John Rutherford was instructed to hear what the youths on the farm had to
say. He was taken to a house in the farm village where accusations were leveled at him that
he had been involved in political activities His wife was forced to go to the farm village, to
witness her husband being beaten, after which she was told she would be killed. A number of
individuals, took turns in beating him with a badza handle. He was forced to lie front-down
whilst being beaten on the buttocks. The other assailants identified by the victim are Obert
Makiwa, Washington, Jealous Ndaudzwa, Lynn, Constable Chikove, who has been allocated
a plot on the farm, Joe Nyatsiwe, Aida Mambare and others unnamed. A farm security guard,
Darlington, had been severely beaten beforehand and was also in the room. He collapsed
repeatedly, and was taken outside the house and dumped. When it became evident to the
assailants that the guard’s condition was critical, two of them with the two victims drove to
Borradaile Hospital in Marondera. The guard died before arrival. John-John is being treated
at Borradaile Hospital. He has severe bruising on both buttocks, abrasions on his knees and a
bruise on his left shin.
MASHONALAND EAST - At Torre Farm at approximately 2200 hrs on 18.03.02, a group
of people arrived at the gate but dispersed when the guard fired shots. At approx. 0600 hrs on
19.03.02, when owner went to open his security gate, he was grabbed by militants,
handcuffed and taken in his truck and left in the bush somewhere near Poltimore. He was
threatened with an axe and forced to sit in the long grass while militants went back to their
base camp. Later he was taken back to his farm.
20 March 2002: Gokwe East
Liah Makoni was beaten by youth militia at the shops, accused of voting MDC and
supporting Tony Blair and the whites.
20 March 2002: Mberengwa East
It is reported that 5,000 MDC supporters have fled this district in the face of reprisals,
and also that ZANU supporters, Lot Chiverewa and Elly Shiri have diverted truckloads of
maize from Mataga depot to the chiefs’ homesteads. MDC supporters are not allowed to
purchase the maize, which is being sold to ZANU supporters for Z$ 1 300 per 50 kg.
Even whole villages are reported as being barred from buying maize.
23 March: Gokwe East
Women are reported to have been raped and forced to take part in oral sex by soldiers in
the wake of the elections.
23 March 2002: Chingamire Farm – Marondera
25 male farm workers sustained injuries after Zanu-PF supporters attacked workers in the
farm compounds late on Sunday night. All were beaten with sticks and axe handles and
told to pack their belongings and leave the farm else they would be killed. Six women
ranging in age from 22 to 53 were also assaulted. One of the women is visibly pregnant
and was beaten on her stomach.
23 March 2002: Plumtree
Sikumbuzo Dube, 25, has been charged under the POSA for writing and reciting a poem
ridiculing President Mugabe, while in prison for being a border jumper in Plumtree.
23 March 2002: Chitungwiza, Plumtree business centre, Murisa village in Manyame district,
Villagers from all the above places report that maize is being sold only to ZANU-PF
supporters. These are towns across the country.
24 March 2002: Wedza - Chingamere, Mtemwa, and Hungwe
Farms in the Ruzawi River Valley, were subjected to attacks by a group of 12 to 16
during the night of 24.03.02. The mob broke through the homestead security fence at
Chingmere; the owner declined to meet them on observing their menacing mood. For
half an hour they stoned the house and vehicles near by. They left to attack the farm
village at about 2200 hrs, gathering extra people to join the gang on the way. All the
workers were beaten up - 7 severely, and 6 of those were taken to a neighbouring farm
and beaten up further. The mob, armed with sticks and other weapons, went on to beat
up other workers at Mtemwa and Hungwe. At Mtemwa, 56 labourers were beaten up
with thick sticks by the now 30-strong gang, led by "war vet" Cde Moyo. Seven bruised,
five hospitalised and the balance very bruised. Of the hospitalised victims, one has lost
hearing and one is a pregnant girl. At Hungwe Farm, the group beat up 60 people in the
farm village, and two women were raped, one being a girl of thirteen years of age.