Zanu PF youths burn down
ZimPF official’s home

As political tension rises, named Zanu PF
members burnt down a house belonging to a
Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) official in
Marondera West over the weekend, according to
a news alert.
File picture of Zanu PF youths
In the statement, Centre for Community
Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) said the ruling
Zanu PF youths told the victim, Taungana
Makirimira, the ZimPF constituency co-ordinator
for Marondera West, that they wanted to punish
him for working for the new opposition party.
ZimPF is headed by Joice Mujuru, President
Robert Mugabe’s deputy between 2004 and 2014
who was expelled from Zanu PF for allegedly
plotting to remove him from power.
“The ZimPF co-ordinator lost 6 bags of
fertilizer, maize seed, blankets, clothes and
kitchen utensils among other things,” said CCDZ.
Makirimira told CCDZ that the Zanu PF youth
leaders named as Lucian Chipitiri, the ward
youth chairperson, Munyaradzi Chikosha and
Taderera Gwanzura (ward chairperson)
confronted him at a local shopping centre and
threatened him with unspecified action.
He reported the case at Landas Police Station
but it was not immediately clear what action
was taken.
“The Centre for Community Development in
Zimbabwe is concerned about the escalation of
violence and the failure by police to protect
citizens.
“We call upon the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)
to investigate this particular incident and hold
the perpetrators accountable for their actions,”
said CCDZ.
Since its formation, ZimPF has been a target of
Zanu PF attacks, particularly in rural areas.
Axe-wielding Zanu PF youths recently attacked
opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF)
members in Guruve, Mashonaland Central
province.
Among the victims was Retired Brigadier General
Agrippa Mutambara, a senior party member.
Violence broke out when the ruling party gang
invaded a subdivision of Dunaventy Farm that is
owned by a ZimPF provincial leader, Obert
Mutasa.
A Landcruiser belonging to Wilbert Mubaiwa,
another ZimPF party member, had its rear
windscreen smashed while a Toyota saloon owned
by one Manyika was torched by the youths.