Youths beseige Chitungwiza council

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There was drama at the Chitungwiza Town Council head office yesterday after suspected Zanu PF youths besieged the local authority offices sending workers scampering for cover.

More than 50 suspected Zanu PF supporters in party regalia chanting slogans demanded to see management over council’s decision to repossess a stand they were using as a flea market at Zengeza 2 shopping centre.

The supporters sang party songs and went from office to office, baying for the blood of the town planner, only identified as Muchesa.

They went on to disrupt a meeting between heads of departments, mayor Philemon Chipiyo and Harare Metropolitan provincial administrator Alfred Tome.

“He (Muchesa) sent people to survey the land and ordered us out and we will not take that. We are sick and tired of these people who do not know why they put on their ties to come to work,” said a demonstrator.

Police battled to calm the situation, but failed.
“Shut up if you don’t have anything to say. Why are you saying we should move out of the flea market? We will not move out,” a police officer was told by the rowdy crowd.

Chipiyo said he did not know why they descended on the council premises.

“I don’t even know why they came to demonstrate. I am not aware of what is going on here,” he said.