MUTASA Central MP Trevor Saruwaka (MDC-T) has alleged that Zanu PF is working on a project to reintroduce torture bases in schools around his constituency ahead of the next general elections.
Report by Obey Manayiti, Staff Reporter
He has accused Zanu PF of preaching peace by day while encouraging violence by night.
Saruwaka was commenting on Zanu PF supporters who recently besieged Domborutinhira Primary School in Mutasa, demanding accommodation of some youths, including the party’s Manicaland provincial executive’s driver Clara Mukahanana.
“It’s sad that Zanu PF is still determined to reverse the gains of the inclusive government. They are making attempts to reoccupy schools as torture bases. These youths bring absolutely no value addition to the school if they are taken in. Who will control them when they go berserk?” Saruwaka told NewsDay in an interview on Monday.
All has not been well at the school and recently, suspected war veterans allegedly tried to cow teachers into accepting positions as branch executives in a move deplored by teachers’ representative bodies.
School authorities, including the school development committee (SDC), had reportedly given in to the demands fearing victimisation by the youths and plans were allegedly underway to remove some teachers and replace them with members of the militia.
“I met with the school authorities including the SDC over the matter on Monday at Domborutinhira Primary. They said they gave in to the demands because they feared for their lives,” said Saruwaka.
“However, I told them the government position over that matter because the Ministry of Education resolved not to entertain political activities within school premises.
“That will disturb the entire learning process and will taint the education system,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chairperson Mike Madiro were in vain at the time of going to press last night.