Despite the fact that the ruling party, Zanu-PF, retained the presidency, there has been a chain of retributive attacks against MDC office bearers and supporters. The post-election period has seen a determined attack on those who served as MDC polling agents in the just ended Presidential election.
Five MDC polling agents have since been reported as having been murdered for serving the opposition. Three of these were allegedly killed by soldiers. Other attacks have been in the form of abductions and torture of polling agents as well as the burning of their homes. Polling agents as well as other opposition party supporters are being forced to flee their rural homes out of fear. MDC polling agents have had to flee from Gokwe East and West, Chipinge North, Buhera South and Mazowe East.
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