City invaders in trouble

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Zanu PF activists who invaded commercial properties belonging to a white businessman in Bulawayo have been arrested and brought before the courts.

One of the activists, Zwelithini Malinga, is being charged with unlawful entry and theft.

The charges arose after Malinga and fellow Zanu PF activists invaded a building in Parkview suburb.

Malinga, jointly charged with Luka Chigwedere, was not asked to plead when he briefly appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa.

He was remanded to October 5 on $50 bail while Chigwedere was issued with warrant of arrest after failing to appear in court.

Prosecutor Dumisani Moyo told the court that on August 7, the complainant, Richard John Bloxham, who administers the building through power of attorney from the owner, evicted a company renting the premises because he wanted to renovate it before taking over.

However, Malinga and Chigwedere upon hearing of the eviction allegedly invaded and occupied the building.

The pair allegedly replaced the door locks.
Bloxham made a police report, and the pair was reportedly evicted from the premises on Monday and subsequently summoned to court.

The arrest came hard on the heels of statements by Zanu PF deputy national spokesperson and Bulawayo Metropolitan governor Cain Mathema condemning the invasion of foreign-owned buildings in the city.

Mathema said it was illegal and urged all companies to report any culprit to the police or his office.