Police thwart pro-Machaya demo

GWERU - Anti-riot police here yesterday thwarted a demonstration organised by a group of Zanu PF supporters calling for the quashing of the ouster of Midlands provincial chairman Jason Machaya.

Machaya was ousted as chairman last Sunday.

Armed police maintained a heavy presence around the city.

Machaya’s sympathisers reportedly planned the demonstrations hours before the Central Committee elections at the Zanu PF conference centre.

But anti-riot police were heavily deployed around the streets as early as 6am.

When the Daily News arrived at Midlands War Veterans Headquarters, there were no demonstrations, but hordes of women adorning party regalia boarding commuter omnibuses to the conference centre.

Armed with baton sticks, tear gas canisters and police dogs, police maintained a heavy presence around the city.

Officials in Machaya’s camp claimed police were deployed to intimidate  their supporters who wanted to make a statement that the ousted chairman was  unfairly dismissed at Sunday’s meeting.

“Mungaronge demo, munopafa (How could you organise a demonstration, you will die here),” a Zanu PF supporter warned.

Another supporter, who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing victimisation, said the demonstration failed due to actions by the anti-riot squad.

“Some party members who are disputing the ouster of Machaya had planned demonstrations, but as you can see it has failed,” the official said.

Machaya was accussed of boycotting provincial rallies and not convening provincial executive meetings.

Analysts say the ploy to obliterate Zanu PF provincial chairpersons, allegedly linked to Vice President Joice Mujuru, is meant to weaken the beleaguered Zanu PF number two.

Machaya was replaced by his deputy Kizito Chivamba who was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Comments (4)

Mujuru faction is to Mnangagwa-Mugabe faction the new MDC. VaMujuru havabvumidzwi kudemonstrata, vakorohwa vakadzosera ndivo vanosungwa. Then you have this old ramshackle kind of president claiming to be the best that Africa has ever had. Hapana kumhura rudzi rwevatema kungapfuura maitiro akadai.

Evil Alliance - 13 November 2014

Mugabe swings sides when it suits him. Those he persecuted in 2004 are the ones now being protected. What a stupid and selfish leader!!!

Davidzo - 14 November 2014

So on whose side is the police, Mnangagwa or Mujuru?

Johno - 14 November 2014

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