Mugabe's Zanu-PF 'revives terror groups'
19 September 2012, 13:17
Cape Town - President Robert Mugabe's
Zanu-PF party has allegedly revived terror groups it used in 2008 to
intimidate political opponents, rights group Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition has said in a report.
According to Voice of America,
the coalition said members of the terror groups, who usually dressed in
Zanu-PF T-shirts, were moving around the country harassing people ahead
of the second all-stakeholders constitutional conference and the next
general election expected to be held next year.
groups were cited as Chipangano in Harare, al-Shabaab in Kwekwe,
Jochomondo in Hurungwe, Top Six in Chinhoyi and Jambabnja in the
Zanu-PF, however, dismissed the allegations, saying the group was trying to tarnish the party’s image.
The report comes only a month after Mugabe called for an end to violence and hostility as the county moved towards elections.
thousands during the Heroes' Day celebrations in Harare last month, the
president urged all parties to show tolerance for each other.
people have a difference of opinion and want to defect from one party
to another, it must be respected and expressed in elections. We don't
want any more violence or blood spilt," Mugabe was quoted as saying.
last disputed elections in 2008 were marred by violence blamed mainly
on Zanu-PF, and led to a power sharing coalition with the former
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) brokered by regional