Zanu PF must rein-in its youths

HARARE - As we reported elsewhere in this newspaper, our veteran Masvingo correspondent, Godfrey Mtimba, was last week attacked viciously by mindless Zanu PF yobs.

Mtimba’s crime in the eyes of these morons was that he had gone to the town’s Civic Centre, as is his job, to cover a US Public Affairs event.

The uninvited bunch of rowdy youths not just proceeded to disrupt the meeting convened by the United States embassy in the town, forcing it to end prematurely after they started heckling speakers and shouting unprintable obscenities — they also went on to assault Mtimba who was taking photographs of the madness — tearing his jacket in the process.

The youths, who were visibly drunk, made the absurd demand that Washington needed to first lift its targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe’s political elite before it could endeavour to help ordinary Zimbabweans.

The mob was also upset by reports that US President Barrack Obama had not invited President Robert Mugabe to the US-Africa Summit that is scheduled for later in the year, in August.

This is despite the fact that senior Zanu PF officials have claimed that they are not bothered by the snub.

Both the disruption of the meeting and the unprovoked attack on our journalist are completely unacceptable, and it really is time that somebody in the upper echelons of Zanu PF realise that it is this barbaric tendency among some of its supporters that gives the party such a negative image and unnecessary negative Press coverage — and move to put a stop to it.

We also call upon the law enforcement agencies to work harder to stamp out this primitive behaviour a wherever it manifests itself, irrespective of who the offenders are and which political party they belong to.

Thus far, the sad perception among many Zimbabweans is that if you are a Zanu PF supporter, or even claim to be one, you can literally get away with murder all the time.

This is not good as it is the kind of perception that encourages the growth of vigilante justice as many beleaguered citizens lack confidence in the country’s law enforcement and justice system.

What makes the behaviour of these semi-illiterates even more incomprehensible and repulsive is that the Masvingo meeting related to president Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative — a fellowship that seeks to empower young Africans through course work, leadership training and networking.

The fellowship also provides youths with the opportunity to hone their skills at US universities and gives about 500 youths from different African countries the opportunity to go to Washington for a four-week exchange programme.

Why would any sane Zimbabwean want to stop their fellow citizens from benefitting from such a worthy initiative? To hurt Obama and/or America? Really?

Comments (3)

ndizvo zvinoita mhondi kanadzikaregwa dzichiita madiro pasina kutevera mutemo. but what we also know is that when impunity takes precedence over rule of law, the people form vigilante groups to protect communities, themselves and their properties from such tomentors. izvi zvekuti vanorohwa vanongoramba vachichema vachida kunzwikwa kuchema kwavo kwete kuzvidzivirira kwavo zvinotoshamisa. when yu cant defend yourself, the tomentor will continue to pursue yu to you to your homes to defile your wife and daughters. in the C.A.R the tomented formed vigilante groups that fought back against the marauding tomentors and with such effort the president of the country lost his power.

timid people - 27 January 2014

Tanyara nembwa dzaMugabe idzi

Tongogara - 27 January 2014

Ma youth eZanu haagezi uyezve anonhuwa hapwa nemumukanwa sezvinoita gudo

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 27 January 2014

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