Zimbabwe’s general election is still a year away, but pro-democracy activists say they are worried last weekend’s by-elections offered a preview of the violence and repression to come. The AFP news agency reports that the run-up to last weekend’s by-elections was marred by violence, with one opposition supporter stabbed to death — in the back — during a rally. Even police, normally reluctant to criticise the government, said supporters of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF had instigated the violence. To read more visit the News Blog page on the Future Media website.