Zanu PF youths cause havoc

HARARE - Rowdy Zanu PF youths almost exchanged blows with members of the Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy (Yard) — after they stormed a press conference organised by the Temba Mliswa-democracy advocacy group.

Yard yesterday had organised a press conference to ventilate its views on Zanu PF’s so-called one million-man march next month — and as affiliates such as the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (Zicosu) were introduced — the unruly members of the governing party disrupted proceedings.

Yard had given a platform to Zicosu “interim” president Howard Madya to make a statement, but the Zanu PF activists claimed that they were the bona fides and charged at Mliswa for trying to hijack students.

Just after Madya  had finished introducing himself and started denouncing students’ association with political parties, particularly Zanu PF, a melee ensued as the visibly-drunk governing party activists charged.

The group which included sacked Zanu PF youth leader Tonderai Chidawu and another member Takudzwa Gambiza told Mliswa and Madya to stop “messing” with their affairs.

This did not go down well with Mliswa and his crew who felt disrespected by the “rouge Zanu PF elements” and started shouting back accusing the youths of barbarism. Mliswa and Madya reported the matter to the police under reference number 2759264 and 2759363 for disorderly conduct and threats to Madya.

“This is a sign that Zanu PF is just a party of violence. This is what we should expect in the next elections. This is a  shame to Zanu PF because they are Zanu PF youths.

“Yard caters for all youths from all political parties, but we shall work hard to eradicate the violence,” Mliswa said amid the shouting.

But the Chidawu-led gang charged.

“We are Zanu PF and an affiliation of Zanu PF and it will remain like that forever,” shouted one of the gang members.

According to Madya, Zicosu is not supposed to be affiliated to any political party.

“I don’t blame them, they are after money, the time we say we are disassociating ourselves from politicians they know that they will no longer get that money, so I don’t blame them, they are trying to defend their pockets.

“But when it comes to students, they are showing the nation that they are just disgruntled leaders who don’t have an academic direction or direction to lead students.

“I’m appealing to students to be careful when choosing leaders. I was voted as the interim president when Tonderai was expelled, some of the people here were part and parcel of that meeting,” said Madya.

Jumping to Madya’s defence, Mliswa said every Zimbabwean has a democratic right to associate.

“No, he’s not our president, we have the president here, Zicosu is not an extension of Yard.

The press conference was later cancelled.

Comments (3)

Mliswa should know very well that one needs -special forces for protection to carry out any political work in Zimbabwe. You temba you were on of the prpetrators of violence so I am glad you are tasting your own cocktail dude. Next time give your guys tototo and weed before arranging a press conference...that is how things are done in Zimbabwe under Mugabe's rule. These Zanu PF youths disrupt even church gatherings so let alone your policical party going by the name YARD

gamuchirayi - 28 April 2016

its typical of zanu and its unruly offspring that is of the archaic belief that everything starts & ends with zanu. its a case of grapes gone sour for that temba boy nephew who used to get cushion from the wing of his corrupt uncle. these idle youths are being driven by the scourge of unemployment to engage into these criminal acts against their erstwhile 'cdes'; they are in desperate need for occupation since dropping out of xool. first, they lack merit of any meaningful job, second; there are no meaningful jobs. violence is the last resort and its befalling poor ex-members. kry the beloved kantry.(Alton Paton)

SaManyika Chaiye - 28 April 2016

I can only say in Khalanga language'' Zwalobana zwituhwane"

Ngangira - 29 April 2016

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.