FOUR suspected Zanu PF youths returning from the burial of the party’s Midlands provincial executive member Maxwell Madharani on Saturday allegedly ransacked a shop belonging to Zhombe MP Roger Tazviona (MDC-T).
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The incident allegedly happened at Sidakeni business centre in Zhombe. Tazviona’s shop attendant Ackia Mable Tshuma said the Zanu PF supporters had apparently been angered by
MDC-T posters they saw pasted at the shop.
“They demanded to know the owner of the shop as soon as they saw posters of the MDC and some which advertised voter registration centres. When I told them the shop belonged to MP Tazviona, they went berserk, tore all the posters and took 10 loaves of bread which were on the counter and threw them on the ground,” Tshuma said.
The MDC-T MP confirmed the incident and rapped police in Zhombe for refusing to investigate the suspects, adding his employee had reported the incident to a Constable Ncube at Zhombe Police Station, but was not given a criminal report number to confirm the report.
“They ransacked my shop and instilled fear in the heart of my employee yet the police are reluctant to act. Just to open a docket is proving very difficult for them, what more of arresting the culprits?” he said.
Midlands provincial police spokesperson Emmanuel Mahoko said he was unaware of the incident as it had not yet been brought to his attention. Zanu PF Midlands vice-chairman Larry Mavhima distanced his party youths from the violent attack.
“Madharani, who we buried on Saturday, was a man of peace and development and not of any violent nature. This is what Zanu PF is all about and people who go about beating others are not part of us,” Mavhima said.