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Some Zimbabweans Say Elections Evoke Memories Of Psychological Torture And Fear

Some Zimbabweans Say Elections Evoke Memories Of Psychological Torture And Fear

Some Zimbabweans who spoke to The Independent have indicated that they are terrified as the 2023 elections approach saying they remind them of violence that characterised previous polls.

Fadzai Museka from Bikita’s Madhuku Village in Masvingo told the publication that any talk of elections evokes memories of sadness, psychological torture and fear.

Museka said she cannot forget the night of March 7, 2002, just two days into the presidential election campaigns when she was forced to desert her home and her then three-month-old baby.

Museka, then a member of the MDC member was running away from the ruling ZANU PF youth militia which wanted to “punish her” for supporting the opposition party formed in 1999. Museka told The Standard:

They wanted to punish me for supporting a party of my choice.

 By staying away from politics, I have stayed safe. Never again have I been threatened on political grounds.

She said she has never been into a ballot box since then.

Electoral observers say violence has contributed to the growing voter apathy as millions of Zimbabweans have refused to take heed of calls by political parties to register to vote in the 2023 plebiscite.

Official statistics from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) show that 5 804 975 people are on the voters’ roll, a mere 2% increase from the 2018 figure of 5 695 706.

Zimbabwe has a total of eight million eligible voters in the country as estimated by electoral watchdogs.

A survey conducted by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) this year revealed that the 2023 polls were the leading cause of distress among Zimbabweans as political tensions heighten.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum executive director Musa Kika casts doubt on the possibility of authorities implementing the required electoral reforms to guarantee free and fair elections.

Elections Resource Centre legal and advocacy officer Takunda Tsunga concurred with Kika saying the state’s continued failure to hold perpetrators of violence and right violators to account will only worsen the human rights and political crisis in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe has a history of violent elections dating back to the era of Robert Mugabe who deployed the North Korean-trained 5th Brigade in the aftermath of independence to target then opposition ZAPU members, leading to the massacre of over 20 000 civilians.

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16 Comments

Machiavelli 2 months ago

True, even I had to flee from my home area in Uzumba having been accused of "border jumping" Survived Kangaroo Court justice by a whisker, having been promised "a short sleeve". That's when I started hating ZANU with a passion


BUOY 2 months ago

short sleeve🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 paapakaipa

Observer 2 months ago

True we have never had free and fair elections since zanupf were elected in 1980. In reality we are a one party state pretending to be democratic.

VYBZ KARTEL 2 months ago

Eish takakupotsa😂😂😂😂

Anonymous 2 months ago

I was grade 7 at that time, in Buhera. ZANU PF youth were everywhere vachiunganidza vanhu kuvaendesa ku rally. And ukasaenda kurally wainzi mu Dichalo haa wairohwa vamwe vachiremara or kufa. I was not eligible to vote neither my bro who was 16 at that time, so taigara tiri two paden. Vakomana kwakusvikotirova usiku kuma 10 kuti nei musingauye ku rally apa tatiri vana kwakutitorera mbudzi one yavakanouraya musi iwoyo. I wont 4get that day


Victim 2 months ago

Zanupf became a curse upon the people after being voted into power in 1980. I really wished Nkomo had won those elections, life would have been so much better than these devils.

Ginious 2 months ago

haaà pangapakaoma

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Whoever saves his life shall lose it 😂


BUOY 2 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣vakatotora mbudzi .....vaive nenzara


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pk 2 months ago

apo tsvangison akange adashurwa. police haisi bhoo


Zim 1 2 months ago

so munoreva kuti vanhu mose hamuchada Zanu PF here, makuramba baba nekuti vaita murombo mai ndimai kunyange vakaita bofu love your , founding fathers


Zuze 2 months ago

Kana huku yaakudya mazai, yave kukumbira kuiswa mupoto

Mwana Wevhu 2 months ago

Today I had to my comment here.... the 2000 Hondo yeminda was something else I was only in grade 6 my first encounter with a gun in Mrewa ZEXCOM base .. it was hell to beat people and in 2008 short sleeve and long sleeve, what I saw and witnessed during that time was a nightmare,, June 27 runoff 🧟🧟🧟🙈🙈I had a small body I had the advantage but fellow brothers and sisters and our mothers and fathers suffered a lot.. I don't like politics dead bodies and cut off hands and legs that I saw during that time and and the bullet that missed me a bit taught me something... whenever I went to the ballot box I always think of those that lost lives ... those who used to be carried by ambulances midnight until Morgan found refuge at that embassy... it was hell... your friend could be turned into an animal and can't even realize you exist... MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE.


NotForgotten 2 months ago

The day zanupf is out of power that is when the sad truth of zanupf's inhumane rule will be exposed by those who are living in fear of exposing the barbaric crimes they committed.

2 months ago


Kule Dhambi 1 month ago

Musangwadza ma**** ayo. Itai yese semakadzungaira mozo pedzera madinga mu ballot box. simpuu



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