The Zimbabwe Peace Project report for May says that villagers from parts of Mashonaland East were forced to pay amounts ranging from 50cents to a dollar to attend President Mugabe’s first ‘Youth interface rally’ in Marondera. The villagers were forced to pay the money as it was needed for transport.
Part of the report reads:
In areas like Mudzi and Wedza in Mashonaland East people were coerced into contributing money ranging from 50 cents to a dollar in order to ferry supporters to the rally,
This went against the will of many people who support the party but could not afford and those that do not support the party and had no ambitions of attending the event.
It’s a violation of freedom of association to force people into contributing funds for and or attending events of a political party that they do not subscribe to.
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