Archive for June 15th, 2008

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Independent (Harare)
13 June 2008
Posted to the web 14 June 2008

Dumisani Muleya, Shakeman Mugari, Constantine Chimakure

STATE security forces reportedly deployed countrywide on a military-style campaign to rescue beleaguered President Robert Mugabe ahead of the critical presidential election run-off have taken an increasingly active role in a bid to block opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai from succeeding as the next president of Zimbabwe.

This has poisoned the campaign environment and dramatically tilted the playing field ahead of the run-off in two weeks’ time. There is now a pervasive climate of fear surrounding the poll as the wave of terror rippling through the rural areas rises.

Tsvangirai was yesterday arrested in Kwekwe — for the third time inside a week — while campaigning. He was released but then arrested again in Gweru.

Numerous senior party officials and supporters have also been arrested of [continue reading]