Zim taxi driver in hot water after signing traffic fine 'Vote MDC'

2017-07-19 11:09

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Harare – A Zimbabwean taxi driver has landed himself in trouble after signing his traffic ticket "vote MDC", says a report.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Malter Matchiya was charged with contravening sections of the criminal law and was fined at least $10 for his "cheeky" behaviour.

Matchiya was reportedly also struggling to find employment after being fired by his boss, who allegedly feared that his taxi could be set alight by ruling Zanu-PF supporters.

Matchiya was driving a Shamva-bound commuter omnibus, when he was stopped by a police officer who demanded a $5 bribe to facilitate a "safe passage" for his vehicle.

The police officer reportedly threatened to impound the vehicle, so Matchiya ended up paying the $10 fine.

As a protest, Matchiya allegedly signed his ticket "Vote MDC", after he had paid the fine.

He was then arrested.

Matchiya was quoted as saying that since the incident, he received threats from Zanu-PF youth.

"My employer fired me after pressure from Shamva police who told him that I was now banned from driving any public transport, and most transport operators are now reluctant to employ me. I am now struggling to make ends meet," Matchiya was quoted as saying.

Zimbabwe is expected to hold crucial elections in 2018.

Previous ballots have been marred by allegations of the existence of ghost voters, with names listed of people who were long dead, were under age, or who had never even existed.

Opposition parties are trying to forge an electoral alliance in a bid to oust President Robert Mugabe.

But Mugabe has scoffed at the planned alliance, saying it would make victory easier for his ruling party, as they could focus on one common rival, rather than separate opponents.

Zanu-PF is widely seen as divided over Mugabe's successor, with vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa seen as one of the favoured replacements, along with Mugabe's wife Grace.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  mdc-t  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  grace mugabe  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  zimbabwe 2018 elections

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