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Zim post-election brutality — the proof is in the pictures…

Today I got an email which comprehensively documents the Zimbabwe government’s “Operation Mavoterapapi” – a crackdown of retribution and repression on perceived opposition to the fascist Zanu PF regime. Below is the email reproduced in full. Some pictures are not appropriate for sensitive viewers.

The TRUTH about what is going on in Zimbabwe right now !!!

This is what is going on right now in Zimbabwe – the Mugabe Government has termed it “Operation Mavoterapapi” which translated mean “Operation where did you vote”.

I have just received this email (from relatives in Zimbabwe) and, although it is horribly graphic in some of the pictures, I think it would be a good idea if this flooded the inboxes of everyone’s email.

It is such a tragedy and the victims are completely at the mercy of ruthless thugs with a green light to do just as they please.

The proposed run-off election is going to be more than unfair – it is a human rights travesty.

The photographs below show the charred remains of farm workers homes on Muniya Farm.

Muniya Panganai, a war veteran who seized the farm in 2006 from the former white owner, began evictions on April 15, 2008 as “punishment” because the area had voted overwhelmingly for MDC.

The acting Officer in Charge of the Mutare Police, Mr. Goronga, personally supervised the evictions at gunpoint.

Wanton destruction of homes and property on Muniya (formerly Envant) Farm.

Many of the evicted farm workers are sleeping in the open, surrounded by whatever belongings they were able to take out with them.

There are 106 children under the age of 12 and 113 adults, many of whom are elderly.

They share a single toilet and have limited access to running water.

Vulnerable people left without shelter or livelihood by violent Zanu (PF) supporters.

Efforts are being made to feed these displaced farm workers.

Additional food, tents, mobile toilets and blankets are needed.

Children queue for the little food that is available.

Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote) – post-election violence in Dzivarasekwa, Harare

The photographs below are of a young man (38) from Dzivarasekwa, Harare who was abducted by “soldiers” (militia in full combat camouflage kit and fringed hats).

They beat him for hours with chains and fan belts on his back, chest, feet and hands.

The reason for this terrible beating is that he transported MDC supporters to pre-election rallies.

Photographs taken on April 20, 2008 of results of a severe beating with chains and fan belts,

Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote) – Post-election violence in Penhalonga

The photo’s below are taken on a farm in Penhalonga, Mutare , Zimbabwe .The people in these homes were attacked for being opposition (MDC Tsvangirai) supporters. They were beaten and their houses burnt. They have no-where to go and what they have left is what they could rescue from their houses before everything was burnt. There are approximately 80 people including many children. The local churches has been approached for help and aid for these people,but many have said that they will not help.

Homes laid waste and lives disrupted by pro-Zanu (PF) individuals and initiatives.

People and their belongings – scared and homeless.

Many of the victims displaced by the violence are women and children.

Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote) – Tapiwa Mubwanda’s story

Tapiwa was identified as someone who voted MDC by Zanu PF supporters.

He died Saturday 12 April 2008.

Tapiwa Mubwanda’s demise – as told by Biggie Haurobi, MDC representative, Hurungwe North:

“We are having a very terrible problem now.

As we finished the election Zanu PF has come up with a strategy that they are calling Operation Mavhoterapapi,

They are going around and they have got all the election statistics, and they are identifying the strongholds of MDC, and they are doing everything to destroy MDC membership so if there is ever to be a re-run, they want to make sure they have destroyed the party.

Our polling agents in the rural areas they are staying in the bush, our prominent supporters who are identified by Zanu PF are sleeping in the bush in groups.

The strategy is clear, they are always talking about a re-run and they are saying they want to destroy MDC there.

They are taking peoples IDs and throwing them away, and beating people.

We have nursed a lot of people who have injuries.

They identified him (Tapiwa Mubwanda) without wasting time, they rushed to him and they gave him no chance./

They stabbed him with a very long sword, in his ribs.

Straight away he fell on the ground and within five minutes he was no more.

In the farming community, where there are some resettlements, whoever is identified as an MDC supporter or election agent is being beaten up, victimised, belongings thrown out of their houses, and they are just desperate.

Peoples lives are in danger here in Mashonaland West now.”

Tapiwa’s fatal wounds are displayed.

Tapiwa’s widow.

“We were on our way from Masikote.

They grabbed my husband and said you are the MDC people I want to fix you today.

I ran away because I wanted to take my child to a safe place because I realised that if I stayed they were going to kill me.

Then I had to go back and see what was happening to my husband.

When I got back my husband was lying down, bleeding from the mouth, blood on the stomach, I removed my blouse and put it on his stomach to try and stop the bleeding and make him better”.

Lynos Mubwanda (brother of deceased Tapiwa Mubwanda)

“They used to say that you voted for the MDC, now we want to do this in order to teach you to vote.

You wasted your vote by voting for Tsvangirai.

He will never be the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe will remain.

So we want to teach you to vote so that when we have the run offs that means you will be aware, you will know how to vote.

I was struck by a stone on my forehead, that’s when I fell down.

After falling down I didn’t know what was happening because they came to me, attacking me with sticks all over my body.

Even now I am not feeling ok, I’m in a lot of pain.

Now I can’t help it, I’ve got to go home my brother is going to be buried there and I have got to attend that burial but I am in a lot of pain.

Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote) – Post-election violence in Mashonaland East

The photographs below are of a man from UMP (Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe) area.

He was tied to his hut door by militia and then set alight.

This happened last week and he only managed to get to hospital April 21.

Ambulances trying to go into that area are either turned back by Police or threatened by CIO.

Victims of violence are being prevented from accessing medical assistance by ZRP.

The photo below is of a man from the Mudzi area, Mashonaland East who was brutally beaten on the buttocks by Zanu PF militia for being an MDC supporter.

This occurred on Apr 14.

He was taken to the local government hospital who dressed his wound and gave him Panadol (that was all they had).

Ambulances sent to the area to uplift him and 5 other injured people were turned back by CIO operatives.

The ambulance crew were told that if they valued their lives they would turn back.

The CIO vehicle followed them for over 100 kms to Harare.
This photo gives you an idea of how severe the beating was, and what happens when medical treatment is denied.

Injury exacerbated by withholding of medical treatment.

This man (below) managed to get in to Harare from UMP after three days.

He had burning plastic put on his back and arms.

His home was burned and his animals were doused in diesel and burned alive.

Cruel and inhuman treatment was meted out to this man and his livestock.

Other victims of Mugabe’s Operation Mavhoterapapi (how did you vote)

The images below are of a 22 year old male from Musaruro Village, Mudzi.

He narrated what happened to him:

“The ZPF youth came to my shop on Friday 11 April 2008 at 9pm, broke the door down and dragged me out of the building.

They said “You are an MDC member”.

They took all the groceries from my shop then burned grass on both my hands.

After that they beat my hands and back with wooden poles.

I went to Kotwa rural district hospital and they gave me 2 paracetamol – they had nothing else.”

Injuries sustained by 22 year old from Musaruro Village Mudzi,

He has burns to both hands and left arm.

2 metacarpels and 1 metatarsal bones and ulna broken in the left hand/arm – and – on the right hand, thumb and fifth finger broken.

This 22 year old male from Chibamo Village, Mudzi South (below) said:

“15 or so ZPF youth came to my house on Friday 11 April 2008 and started to hit me with fire wood and kick me in the mouth.

They beat me on my buttocks, left arm and hand.

The perpetrators are known to me (names recorded).

They said “why are you supporting MDC, we promise you we are here to vandalise you”.

Injuries sustained by 22 year old male from Chibamo Village , Mudzi South.

A lacerated top lip and deep tissue bruising and wounds to the buttocks.

The violence continues …

Over 500 farm workers have been displaced in Mutasa South and Chipinge (Tanganda and Southdown Holdings) following invasions by so called war veterans.

A passenger on a bus reported seeing a man being hung by his hands from a tree while a group was beating him at Corner Store, between Muhrewa and Mutoko – this took place at approximately 4 pm Sunday 13 April 2008.

Frans Joubert, a Chipinge farmer has been detained in Chipinge Police cells since Friday for allegedly “insulting President Mugabe”.

He is being denied access to legal representation and relatives.

It has been reported that a teacher in Mudzi has also been murdered and 8 women have been abducted.

We are awaiting verification of this report.

The women shown in the images above were viciously beaten and have sustained deep tissue bruising of the buttocks.

All were admitted to hospital.

These attacks took place on Friday night, April 11, 2008.

This 38 year old woman (left) from Chivaka Village, Mudzi, was beaten with poles for being MDC.

Her fifteen year old daughter (right) was also beaten.

The man on the left has a badly broken foot.

The man on the right is a Kraal Head from Zimuto, Masvingo, was accused of getting people to vote for MDC.

He was stoned and beaten with logs.

His lip was split, he lost two teeth, and he sustained fractured ribs.

His wife is 50 years and was beaten viciously on her right leg.

In addition to these pictures and reports are the following incidents:

The MDC Secretary for Ward 1, Zimuto, Masvinga, who is 36 years old, was attacked on Tuesday in Baradzi Village, Masvingo.

ZPF youths broke his door down and dragged him outside insisting that he take them to all the other MDC members houses.

He refused to comply so was beaten with iron bars and logs of wood.

He slept the night in the bush and then found his way to medical facility.

The thugs referred to their actions as Operation Mavhoterapapi – “where you put your X”.

The Mudzi/Mutoko area is particularly bad, with homes being burned.

One man had his home ransacked, and his chickens and goats burned alive.

He and his family have now left the area, fearing for their lives.

We have also received information that one white farmer in Chipinge is in police cells (lawyers being denied access).

And that 55 farm-worker families have been displaced from Tanganda and Southdown holdings, and are in need of urgent assistance.

There are also a number of injured people who have been beaten with logs requiring medical treatment.

The local Doctor has been displaced. The situation is reported to be out of control.

— end of email —


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Make newspaper text bigger… or else!

His excellency the President of Zim’s sight has got so bad that he can no longer read newspapers. In an article on NewZimbabwe.com it is revealed that Mugabe has demanded that the font-size of state-owned papers be increased. As if that would give him any clue about what’s really going on!

Ndlovu told state media editors at a briefing last week that Mugabe had complained that he really wanted to read papers about what was happening in the country, but could not because the print was “the size of ants”, and asked the minister to tell editors of the state newspapers to increase the font size.

Ndlovu took the President’s message to the editors.

“We could not believe it when the minister said the President had told him to ask us to increase the size of the font. We all looked at each other amazed at what he had just said. We could not hold ourselves and openly giggled about it,” said an editor who attended the briefing.

This is another sign of the despot’s increasing frailty. Clearly he is in no state to be running (or, to be more accurate, “ruining”) a country.

The writing is on the wall – even if it is too small for that murderous monster to read. We may be closer to change than we think.


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Zimbabwean quote of the day II

“The moment the people stop supporting you, then that’s the moment you should quit politics.”


Source: www.cathybuckle.com

If only he were to follow his own advice…

With the release of the presidential election results suspended, a storm is brewing. Has the past few days been Zimbabwe’s “Prague Spring”? Things don’t look good; but should Mugabe and his fascist gang decide to cling to power, they are only postponing the inevitable. There can be no going back.

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Where to now for the billion-dollar banana republic?

The Zimbabwean election results took me by surprise. And what a wonderful surprise it was!

I had overestimated the ability of the entire Zanu-PF state apparatus to rig an election. But clearly their ineptitude got the better of them – or perhaps the people in power knew that change was inevitable so they ended up doing their election sabotage operation half-heartedly.

The opposition MDC – which would have rightfully won years ago had the proceedings been free and fair – now has more seats than the soon-to-be-former ruling party.

As euphoria fades and uncertainty grows, questions hang like a pregnant cloud over Harare. What will happen when the presidential results are released? Will there be a run-off? Will Mugabe allow himself to be wheeled off centre-stage? Where will he go – will the South African government give him sanctuary? Will he be granted immunity for all his heinous crimes?

And then there are, of course, the questions around the rest of Zanu-PF machine. How is the military and intelligence going to respond? And if they do, what will happen? My bet is that the soldiers are also starving. That they’re also sick of 100 000% (or whatever astronomical sum it is now) inflation.

I am also dying to know how the South African government – notorious for its dislike of the MDC – will respond to the new order. And how it will exploit the election result in its already deplorable treatment of refugees. Will they round them all up, shunting them home because the Big Man has fallen? Many will seep back through our border soon enough – because as it will take time for Zimbabwe’s economic and social systems to start functioning again, there’s not much of an incentive to stay.

So many questions. Only time will tell. But as Cathy Buckle sums it up so neatly in her latest newsletter:

It’s not clear how this is going to end but what is clear is that the avalanche towards change has started. It may take a few days or even a few weeks but we will continue to wait patiently until we can stand up with dignity and self respect and say that we are proud to be Zimbabweans.


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Zimbabwean quote of the day

“We are not in the habit of rigging… We don’t rig elections. I cannot sleep with my conscience if I have rigged.”


Source: The UK’s Sunday Telegraph.

Is he a liar or just delusional? Perhaps all he’s saying is that he’s an insomniac. Or that he doesn’t sleep with his conscience. Ah, but I was forgetting – the tyrant doesn’t have one!

The election results are due later today. According to early Sunday morning news reports, the MDC is claiming victory. Let’s hope they’re right!

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Friends, Zimbabweans, countrymen!


The e-card above from Sokwanele says it all. To the Zimbabweans that remain in their beloved country – get out to the polls and vote!

The cynic in me says that to do so would be pointless. After all, the government and its shadowy accoutrements are desperate to cling to power and will do anything possible (from fraud to murder) to ensure the status quo persists.

Yet Zimbabwe has imploded. The people can surely not stomach much more. It goes without saying that Zanu PF support must be at its lowest ebb.

The time is ripe for change. Enough is enough!

Voting for change in this election may not ensure a change of government (in fact I’m certain that it won’t). It will, though, be a loud and clear message that the fascist Mugabe regime’s days are numbered.

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Google Maps to show Zim election abuses

This morning I got a press release from Sokwanele (“enough is enough”), the Zimbabwe Civic Action Support Group that is campaigning for freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe. The release outlines how Google Maps is being used on their site to show where electoral code breaches (from gerrymandering and vote buying to abduction and murder) is happening.

Click here to check out the map. Below is the press release:

Sokwanele has mapped a sample of breaches logged under our Zimbabwe Election Watch (ZEW) project using Google’s map function.

The interactive map aims to give a visual impression of the scale and many ways in which the Zimbabwean government has breached the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections. Elections are a process, not an event, and the same applies to rigging: the scene has been set for unfree and unfair elections on March 29th, and the conditions on the ground have been developed through many months of non-compliance with regional electoral standards.

The events and incidents mapped on the Zimbabwe Election Watch map represent a small sample of the breaches identified under the project since we started monitoring the government’s non-cooperation with regional standards in July 2007. All the information logged under Zimbabwe Election Watch is derived from media sources.

Zimbabwe has a highly restrictive media environment, and fuel shortages make remote rural areas inaccessible to those brave journalists who do manage to circumvent the repressive media legislation and attempt to report regardless. This naturally means that urban areas have a greater representation on the map. It also means that empty areas on the map may not indicate ‘uneventful’ areas; on the contrary, they are more likely to represent stories we are unable to tell and incidents that have not been reported.

The map is interactive: check and un-check icons to refine focus; click on icons on the map to read more; double-click anywhere on the map to zoom in on an area in Zimbabwe, and use your mouse to click, hold and drag on the map to pan to different locations.

Despite the fact the map is based on a small sample of information we have logged since July 2007, and despite the fact that our ability to gather a full picture has been curtailed by a restrictive media environment, the ZEW map clearly shows that conditions in the country are not conducive for free and fair democratic elections.

For more detail on the full range of breaches we have logged through the duration of the project, and more information on the SADC Principles and Guidelines, please visit the Zimbabwe Election Watch section of our website and explore the data through the database interface.

Sokwanele is a great resource to find out what’s really going on in Zimbabwe, so check it out. Click here to visit their blog, This is Zimbabwe.

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