Villagers under ZANU-PF legislator for Mazowe, North Cairo Mhandu said regular meetings were being held in which they were reminded that the June 2008 political unrest was looming should they not repent.
They said the threats were being spearheaded by headmen who were being used by the local legislator and that they were being ‘paid by the government to mobilize people to vote for ZANU-PF.
“Village-heads are telling us that they are on the government payroll for mobilizing us to vote for ZANU-PF come next elections. Its surprising that village heads are accepting to persecute even their relatives at the expense of politicians who are lying that they (village heads) are being paid by ZANU-PF for mobilizing voters. This is not new as it happened in 2008,” the villagers said.
In June 2008 hundreds of MDC supporters in the area were displaced by Retire Major Cairo Mhandu supporters. (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)