HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Main Opposition Party, the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), has expressed deep concern over the ongoing incidents of victimization and intimidation against its members in rural areas. The party has condemned these actions, calling them a violation of democratic principles and a threat to the freedom of political participation.
In a recent post on their official platform, the CCC highlighted specific instances of violence and intimidation in Mwenezi, Masvingo, allegedly perpetrated by Zanu PF thugs and members of the FAZ (name of an organization or political group). The CCC emphasized its commitment to non-violence and urged those responsible to immediately cease such actions, respecting the rights of its members to engage in political activities without fear or intimidation.
The party assured its members that appropriate measures are being taken to address these issues and provide support and protection for those affected. The CCC also advised its members to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the relevant authorities.
However, one of the party activists, Ronald Makusha, recently took to social media to express his personal concerns and alleged threats to his safety. In a series of tweets, Dr. Makusha revealed that he had been targeted by Zanu PF thugs, who had visited his house and inquired about his whereabouts. He further claimed that a FAZ member explicitly instructed him to stop campaigning for the CCC. Dr. Makusha’s tweets served as a form of documentation, making those who may be responsible for any harm be held accountable if he were to disappear.
The CCC has acknowledged the situation faced by Dr. Makusha and assured him of their support. The party has emphasized that such incidents are not representative of their values and principles and will not deter their commitment to bringing about positive change in Zimbabwe.
The allegations made by Dr. Makusha shed light on the challenges faced by opposition party members, particularly in rural areas. The incident underscores the need for greater protection of individuals’ rights to participate in political activities freely and without intimidation. The CCC’s call for an end to violence and intimidation resonates with their broader mission of promoting democratic principles and ensuring a level playing field for all political actors.
The international community has also been urged to closely monitor the situation in Zimbabwe and advocate for the protection of citizens’ rights. Reports of intimidation and threats against opposition party members are a concerning indicator of potential human rights violations and should be addressed with urgency.
As Zimbabwe prepares for future elections, it is crucial that all political parties and stakeholders uphold democratic values and create an environment where individuals can express their political beliefs without fear of retribution. The resolution of these issues will contribute to a fair and transparent electoral process, ultimately strengthening Zimbabwe’s democratic institutions.
The CCC and other opposition parties continue to call for peaceful engagement and meaningful dialogue to address these challenges and pave the way for a democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe.