The police in Zimbabwe have been interrogating young children, aged 4-6, as to whether or not their parents have wind-up shortwave radios. If they do, the police conduct night time raids, confiscating the radios.
Villagers in Lupane revealed that the police have been visiting schools and asking little children in Grade 0 and Grade 1(aged between 4 and 6 years) whether their parents own or listen to any radios.
This follows reports that suspected state security agents on Tuesday raided several homesteads at Mpofu village in the Gwampa area and confiscated the wind-up radios.
“The police have been announcing that villagers should not be in possession of these radios. Their reason is that we listen to news broadcasts from outside the country which criticise ZANU PF.
“Such harassment by the state security agents normally escalates during election time, which indicates that we are not free to exercise our individual choices if we can’t even listen to different views offered by these shortwave radio stations,” she added.
The night raids have stirred up fear within the community, following threats that those who refused to surrender their radio receivers will be abducted and “made to disappear” invoking memories of Gukurahundi.
Millions of people in Zimbabwe will be voting on a new constitution. The confiscation of wind-up and shortwave radios is the government’s further crack down on its citizens, letting them know that outside opinions are not welcome. Anyone and anything that criticizes ZANU PF is not tolerated. If nothing is done by the outside world, it’s only a matter of time before genocide begins.