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FAZ Member Rapes CCC Polling Agent

"As we were out, they took logs and started to beat us mercilessly. I thought I was going to die" - Female CCC Polling Agent

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FAZ Member Rapes CCC Polling Agent

An OPPOSITION Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) polling agent in the August 23 and 24 polls claims she was raped by a suspected member of Zanu PF affiliate, Forever Associates of Zimbabwe (FAZ) after she spurned a US$150 bribe offer to rig the elections.

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Fiona Dube (not her real name) said she met her fate after she refused to accept a US$150 bribe to leave the polling station in Muzarabani to pave way for rigging.

 We were about to count the votes when the presiding officer suggested that I, together with my co-polling agent, leave the station.

They offered us US$150 so that we could leave but we turned down the offer.

But they forced us to go outside despite our resistance.

Dube met her fate soon after she stepped out of the polling station

There were five men, who dragged us outside the premises of the polling station.

As we were out, they took logs and started to beat us mercilessly. I thought I was going to die.

I cried for help but no one came to our rescue as it was deep into the night.

When they stopped beating us, my relief was short-lived.

One man dragged me just a few metres from where they attacked us, and raped me.

The others were watching. Even my co-polling agent, a male, was at the scene.

I lost my sense of dignity, felt belittled and dehumanised.

The rape incident, however, did not deter Dube from being a watchdog for her party in the elections.

FAZ Member Rapes CCC Polling Agent

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After the incident, she proceeded to the command centre for the collation of results.

I was determined that I had to finish what I had started. I needed to guard the vote because I had pledged my service to the party.

Dube is just one of hundreds of CCC activists who have been victimised and tortured in the aftermath of the disputed August 23 and 24 elections.

The CCC reported that in another incident in Muzarabani, polling agent Tariro Moyo (not her real name) was also raped by four men who left her for dead.

Several party members have been left nursing injuries in a fresh wave of abductions which started a few days after the elections.

A CCC supporter Tapfumaneyi Masaya was abducted and killed last week in Mabvuku, Harare, while campaigning for a party candidate in preparation for the December 9 by-elections.

Source| NewsDay


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