Soldiers deployed in Chipinge East
CHIPINGE TIMES REPORTER
MUTARE–Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) Mutare Central constituency candidate Brian James was attacked at a voter inspection centre by alleged Zanu PF supporters on Friday last week.
He confirmed the matter to Chipinge Times and said he did not file a Police report but now goes around with security for his protection.
The incident happened at the District Development Coordinator (DDC) office in the Central Business District.
The suspected Zanu PF supporters allegedly tried to force themselves into his vehicle outside the centre. One member allegedly kicked his door before he sped off.
“I was checking my transfer to Ward 10 from Ward 12 at the DDC’s office. Zanu Pf supporters stopped on my way out. A woman confronted me and told me not to contest the election.
“I got into my vehicle, and they mobbed me. One of them hit the side of my vehicle, and I drove away. I am now taking precautions. I am no longer travelling alone,” said James.
James is contesting the constituency against businessman Esau Mupfumi.
Manicaland CCC provincial elections coordinator Itai Masaka also confirmed the matter.
He also expressed concern over the deployment of soldiers in Chipinge East on Wednesday. The soldiers were deployed in wards 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18.
Masaka said CCC members in the wards are living in fear and are afraid of holding meetings and even wearing party regalia.
He said if the deployment is a training exercise, it is ill-timed as the country is gearing up for elections.
“People in Chipinge East are living in fear since the deployment of soldiers in the area. They are afraid of holding meetings.
“The exercise can be genuine, but we are worried about its timing since we are gearing towards elections,” said Masaka.
Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) spokesperson Colonel Alphios Makotore told Chipinge Times that the soldiers are on a training exercise.
“It is true we soldiers deployed for an exercise in that region. We will invite the media to witness the exercise. I cannot tell you when the exercise will end,” said Makotore.