Zanu-PF youths accused of torching ZimPF members’ homes

2016-08-11 21:16

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Harare – The newly-formed Zimbabwe People First party (ZimPF) has accused Zanu-PF supporters of torching the homes of its members in Mashonaland Central, NewsDay reported on Wednesday.

One of the victims, Passmore Simba, 31, claimed the alleged arsonists were known Zanu-PF supporters in the area and had threatened them.

ZimPF spokesperson, Jealousy Mawarire, said Simba was targeted due to his political affiliation, and to instill fear among opposition supporters, ahead of party leader Joice Mujuru’s maiden rally in Bindura next month. Majuru was once a Zanu-PF member and vice president of the party.

“We have seen an increase in the number of our supporters who are being attacked by Zanu-PF people. But as ZimPF, we want to make it clear and known to Zanu-PF and its thugs that the people of Zimbabwe are more resolute and determined to see this regime out of power. No amount of intimidation will work,” Mawarire was quoted saying.

This comes just months after the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, claimed that four houses of its supporters were torched in Zhombe, Midlands province. MDC loyalists had refused to attend a Zanu-PF “one-million man” march held in honour of President Robert Mugabe earlier this year. 

Meanwhile, the ruling Zanu-PF youth had reportedly intensified their threats against opposition parties due to sporadic demonstrations against ongoing economic hardships.

Last month, the ruling party youths said they were ready to deal with those calling for Mugabe’s head.

The ruling party’s national youth commissar, Innocent Hamandishe, reportedly asked Zimbabwe's police commissioner, Augustine Chihuri, for permission to allow them to deal with those creating "trouble" for Mugabe's administration.

 

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