Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Zim ruling party threatens to unleash violence before 2018 polls

29 April 2016, 17:36

Masvingo – Top Zanu-PF officials have reportedly threatened to track down and kill all suspected Movement of the Democratic Change (MDC), who attended Morgan Tsvangira's campaign rally in Gutu, Masvingo last weekend.

According to NewsDay, traditional leaders as well as a  Zanu-PF official Joseph Musasiwa and youth leader Rabson Manzunzu threatened to unleash a terror campaign similar to the 2008 bloodbath which left at least 200 MDC supporters dead.

Masasiwa allegedly read out a list of at least 30 villagers who attended Tsvangirai’s rally and threatened to kill them before the 2018 elections.

"The government does not buy bullets so that we shoot trees. I will shoot people, not trees... Starting at this moment until (2018) elections, every village head must support Zanu-PF. We cannot afford to see the country recolonised,” Manzunzu was quoted saying.

Widespread and systematic abuses 

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu condemned the threats, saying it was unfortunate that Zanu-PF officials were in the forefront in inciting violence against opposition supporters.

The state owned Herald newspaper Tsvangirai's recent rallies had been poorly attended.

The report claimed that less that 200 people had attended the rallies. 

In 2008, Human Rights Watch (HRW) documented cases that revealed that President Robert Mugabe's government was responsible "at the highest levels" for widespread and systematic abuses that led to the killing of up to 200 people, the beating and torture of 5 000 more, and the displacement of at least 36 000 people.

The report revealed that government agencies including police were implicated in the attacks, and allegedly failed to investigate hundreds of legal complaints filed by individuals, victims' families, rights groups and Tsvangirai's party.

The violence followed after Mugabe reportedly lost the controversial election.

- News 24


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Man who attacked US Embassy a 24 ...

A man who attacked the US Embassy in Nairobi was a 24 year old from Wajir County. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave ODM if you are unhappy, Rai...

Leave ODM if you are not happy, Raila Odinga tells Senator. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Former Assistant Minister joins J...

A former Assistant Minister has quit PNU and joined the Jubilee Party. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
DP Ruto intervenes as Kerio Valle...

DP William Ruto will visit Kerio Valley to try solve never-ending clashes between local residents. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM MP chased down by angry Kibra...

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a hard time in his constituency after angry youth pelted him with stones. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Prepare for DP Ruto fight in 2022...

An MP has warned that the Kalenjin Community will not stand back and watch as DP Ruto is duped ahead of the 2022 polls. Read more...