Chombo sledged for 'inciting' Zanu PF youths

HARARE - Opposition parties have slammed Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo for allegedly inciting Zanu PF youths to mete out violence on activists protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s policies.

In his address of the Zanu PF inter-district meeting in Mkoba last Saturday, Chombo said he had had enough of having to call upon the police to act against demonstrators.

“”I don’t want to always deploy the police to look for people who go on strike,” he said.

“It is you the youths and members of the women’s league who should go and look for shops that fail to open. If a shop is supposed to open at 8am and you find that at 10am it’s still closed, where you would buy.

“If a bank is closed, when it should be open, and you fail to collect money to pay your rent, then it ceases to be a bank and we should correct that.”

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu described the statements as “misguided and shocking”.

“The threats are shocking and in extreme bad taste, especially considering that he is the minister of Home Affairs. Chombo should be advised that it is the duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies to enforce law and order in the country,” Gutu said yesterday.

He added that the Zanu PF youth league and women’s league have no business masquerading as police officers and law enforcement agents.

“Chombo is actually inciting violence by ordering Zanu PF zealots to take over the duties of law enforcement agents.

“The MDC is however, not surprised by Chombo’s unlawful and misguided utterances. We have always known that Zanu PF is a party of thuggery, intimidation, corruption and violence.

“The long and short of it is that the people of Zimbabwe are completely fed up with the crumbling and faction-ridden Zanu PF regime that has brought them untold suffering and poverty through decades of thievery, rampant corruption and relentless institutional decay.’’

Zimbabwe People First (ZPF)spokesperson Jealous Mawarire reminded Chombo that only the police had the constitutional mandate to protect citizens “not Zanu PF goons”.

“Chombo should realise that the protestors are the people and the people are the government and when they protest they need the protection of the police not harassment by Zanu PF zealots,” Mawarire said.

He pointed out that by “inciting” Zanu PF youths and the women’s league; Chombo did not take the two Zanu PF wings seriously.

“Why didn’t Chombo direct the party’s main wing, which he is a member of, to be the perpetrators of violence against the people?  Why does he want to use the women and youths to commit crime? It shows how contemptuous he is of the two party wings, he doesn’t take them seriously,” Mawarire added.

Following the wave of protests, Mugabe immediately laid the blame on the country’s opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC), Joice Mujuru (ZPF) and Tendai Biti (PDP).

Comments (10)

Its a good idea if central commette of zanu converg a meeting to discuss this issue ,now,this weekend.We need to respond to this chaos.It cannot be left to a few men like Chombo n Mohadi.This needs Central Commettee to deliberate honestly n respond to citizens.

viola gwena - 13 July 2016

Zanu plse dnt reproduce Steve Biko in Mawarire.Stop this by resonable means.Acceptable ways.Force produces violence,negotiations produce understandings n agreements.Get the guy out n sit down wth him.He is now an institution representing a section of our populace.Talk to him.

viola gwena - 13 July 2016

Chombo is walking naked and we can see his "chombo" which he is using to vandalize women and innocent girls, and I think men too. He is a thief and disgrace to Zimbabwe, he should just shut up. If he wants to set the so called ZANU PF youths against progressive forces, then let him go ahead, we are ready and resolute.

Zvichapera - 13 July 2016

To think this Chombo person used to be a lecturer at University. The charges they have levied on Mawarire are most fitting on Chombo who is inciting his blood thirsty party to be vigilante. The police are there to protect lawful citizens and property without fear or favour...its a shame that you have converted the security organs from being instruments of the state to party partisan killing machines.

Galore - 13 July 2016

@Viola this is the best advice I have seen so far. Tell this to @truth who is flaping ubout showing his ignorance.

bexilford - 14 July 2016

There is competition in zanu to plse the president n to b seen as the hero,like in 2008.There is a change now.We need to be sidi g wth the pple.We can do that by listening to what they want,even tho we know.Lets allow Central commette to deliberate on this n give politburo way forward.Let all in zanu make a decision on this,not a few polutburo men .Some in polutburo are just worki g for the dollar,not party values.Its not too late to make the rite decisions.We can do this or watch mdc hijack this an take side wth masses.

viola gwena - 14 July 2016

when God s time comes yu shall pay Mr Chombo , yu have been part of the evil system that has destroyed our nation , my tears wont go alone , this is a promise!!!!!

#THIS OUR ZIM - 14 July 2016

@#THIS OUR ZIM: "... my tears won't go alone" Then pliz cry, sob, weap and wail some more!! Louder!!

Lolipop - 14 July 2016

@viola gwena - your optimism and faith in zanu pf is rather naive. You expect your party to side with "urban" people? Everything your party is doing is at odds with us, Kaskwere, Chirombo, the extravagance, corruption in your party & govt etc We simply want to be ruled by the one whose votes were denied period.

Sagitarr - 14 July 2016

Yes Saghi,yu have every rite to vote for yo person ,like everyone else.Bt as for sme of us in zanu and zanla,we long to see our party go back to pple.Theris nothing wrong in attempting to side wth twn pple.And to antagonise them isnt macho at all,bt hearts n minds.Zanu is a mammoth party hijacked by a few greedy men.

viola gwena - 14 July 2016

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