Parliamentary By-Elections and Rural District Council Elections followed by violence

In the month of October 2006 there were Parliamentary by – elections in Chikomba and Rushinga. Rural District Council (RDC) elections were also held countrywide. The two by – elections were characterised by low voter turnout and calm. However, a few incidences of political intimidation and retributive violence were reported in cases related to the RDC elections. In a clear case of post- election retribution, the house of the suspended MDC Executive Mayor of Chitungwiza, Misheck Shoko’s was stoned and 12 windowpanes were destroyed by suspected ZANU PF supporters. Shoko had held pre – RDC – election campaign meetings in Dema, Chitungwiza.

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