Campaign season: The rules only apply on the opposition

March 1, 2022

Tinevimbo Chibagidi

Two Sundays ago, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) held its maiden rally at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields.

The turnout, as many had forecast, was huge.

But—apparently to kill the optic of numbers—the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had ordered the party, in the run-up to the rally, not to bus supporters in from areas other Highfields, southwest of Harare.

And the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company, a state-owned entity enjoying monopoly in public transportation that Zanu PF always relies on, barred CCC supporters from boarding its coaches on the day CCC had its rally in Highfields.

A week earlier in Epworth, no such order was given to the ruling Zanu PF.

And, two weeks after, in Kwekwe, no such order was given to Zanu PF, which commandeered hundreds of buses from literally all over the country to bring people to attend a ruling party outreach rally ahead of the by-elections taking place on 26 March.

Leaked communication from organisers of the Zanu PF rally in Kwekwe shows how the bussing was plotted, detailing pick-up points nationwide.

“Advise the drivers (of the buses) to get the waybills (weigh bills) signed,” directed the communique.

There were numerous areas where people would be picked up within the Midlands province where President Emmerson Mnangagwa is considered the godfather.

But the itinerary stretched well beyond the province, where Kwekwe is also located.

Scores of buses were arranged to ferry people from as far as Binga, Lupane, Hwange and Victoria Falls in Matabeleland North.

In

The buses came from far and wide

Matabeleland South, prospective rally congregants were directed to gather in such areas like Beitbridge.

There were several pick-up points in Masvingo, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland East provinces too.

Below is the undated communique

Good morning, The following depots will cover the ZANU PF hire in Kwekwe on 26/2/22

Zvishavane 4 buses

@Zvishavane DA office

Time :4pm

Contact :Jaruvaza 0717875342/Moyo 0712590224

Shurugwi 4 buses

1@Gwanza

1@Chanaiwa

1@Highlands

Time:4pm

Contact:Mudhara 0772770685/Chatira 0777948505

Vic falls 1 bus

1@Shurigwi Ganyani

Time:4pm

Contact:Mudhara 0772770685/Chatira 0777948505

Chegutu 1 bus

1@Mberengwa Mupesu

Time:4pm

Contact:Maphosa 0776499055/Hove 0783225181

Masvingo 3 buses

1@Masvingo bc

1@Mberengwa York

2@Mataga(blue bus)

Time:4pm

Contact:Maphosa 0776499055/Hove 0783225181

Gweru depot 9 buses

1@Thabamuhlope

1@Dhibamihwa

1@Mabodza

1@Somabula

1@Bhudha pry

4@Gweru ddc

Time:4pm

Contact:Dewa 0772396297/Ndlovu 0716955703

Gokwe depot 2 buses

2@ Gokwe south town

Time:4pm

Contact:Karikoga 0779370630

Esgodini 3 buses

3@Gokwe south town

Time:4pm

Contact:Karikoga 0779370630/Tafirenyika 0773827816

Chiredzi depot 3 buses

3@ Gokwe south town

Time :4pm

Contact Karikoga 0779370630/Tafirenyika 0773827816

Kadoma depot 3 buses

2@Gokwe south town

1@Gokwe North Chitekete

Time:4pm

Contact:Karikoga 0779370630 Gsouth & Ngwenya 0772881361 Gnorth

Binga 2 buses

2@ Mvuma town

Time :4pm

Contact :Jaya 0773682837/Dzikitiri 0712537778

Hwange 2 buses

2@Mvuma town

Time :4pm

Contact:Jaya 0773682837/Dzikatiri 0712537778

Chivhu 2 buses

2@ Charandura

Time:4pm

Contact:Jaya 077382837/Dzikatiri 0712537778

Beitbridge 2 buses

2@ Charandura

Time:4pm

Contact:Jaya 0773682837/Dzikatiri 0712537778

Lupane 2 buses

1@ Precab

1@Pauldale

Time:4pm

Contact:Chokuruma 0719477121

Gwanda depot 2 buses

1@ Bobswift

1@Melssona

Time:4pm

Contact:Chururama 0719477121

Kwekwe depot 8 buses

Zhombe

1@Dendera pry

1@St Judas

1@Ntabeni

1@Champeni

1@Samambwa

1@Sidhakeni

1@Senkwasi

1@Totororo

Time:4pm

Contact:Chokuruma 0719477121

Khami depot 28 buses

Zhombe

1@Donzani

1@Rio Gwenzi

1@Empress

1@Joel

SILOBELA

1@Donza

1@Goro

4@Crossroads

1@Dambridge

1@Batanai sec

1@Crushers

1@Mariyangu

REDCLIFF

1@Hozoli

1@Mupinda pry

1@Moyo ranch

1@Rutendo pry

1@Drake sec

KWEKWE CENTRAL

3@ Zanu pf office

MBIZO

1@Chana pry

1@Section 15 shops

2@Black wadada

GOKWE NORTH

1@Tshoda(blue bus)

1@Chireya (blue bus)

1@Mtora growth point(blue bus

Time:4pm

Contact: Chokururama 0719477121

**Advise the drivers to get the waybills signed

**Rations $1,500 night out

**Advise the drivers to drive carefully

**If not clear contact me

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