Updates: More chaos in Chi-town

The violent clashes in Chitungwiza, which started with a nasty confrontation between Zanu PF youths and touts, has escalated, with residents currently besieging some part of the town allegedly to resist what they term ‘random attacks by police’

Earlier, police who had been deployed to the town to deal with the touts-Zanu PF youths clash reportedly ended up randomly beating up innocent residents.

Our Correspondent, Moses Matenga reports that some residents, armed with stones, are blocking the road near Huruyadzo shops, threatening to beat up the police.

SOme of the residents allege that the clashes, which started this morning, have resulted in some fatalities, but NewsDay has not been able to confirm the reports as yet.

Extra police troops have been reportedly deployed from Harare and more than ten truckloads of anti-riot police have been seen in Chitungwiza.

4:11 p.m. Reports indicate that police are now rounding up some residents who were taking part in the siege.

Read below our earlier update on the clashes.

Touts in Chitungwiza on Tuesday morning organised a halt of all commuter omnibuses plying the Harare-Chitungwiza route in protest against the recently introduced hefty traffic fines and the alleged police corruption, but Zanu PF youths allegedly attempted to stop the protest, leading to bloody clashes in the town.

NewsDay’s Moses Matenga is in Chitungwiza, giving updates of events as they unfold.

As the clashes ensued in the morning, police were reportedly outnumbered, leaving the battle being prominently between the Zanu PF youths and touts who were throwing stones at each other.

Matenga reports that Zanu PF youths had to ferry stones in a vehicle.

A back up police troop was brought in and used teargas to block the Zanu PF youths, leading to the clashes subsiding.

“We are now driving around Chitungwiza and stones are littered all over, blocking the roads,” reports Matenga

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Meanwhile…

Witnesses told NewsDay the clashes that took place early morning were so nasty that no commuter omnibuses were travelling and stranded commuters had to walk a distance from the main metropolitan area to hike for lifts.

Another witness said he saw people pelting stones at a commuter omnibus whose operator allegedly tried to defy the protest.

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In Chitungwiza, our correspondent reports that police have managed to restore calm in the town.

Zanu PF youths and touts have been dismissed by use of teargas and the town council offices are now closed as police continue monitor the situation

18 Responses to Updates: More chaos in Chi-town

  1. Zivazako January 5, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Mhuka inonzi Zanu PF Youths ndeyani nokuti inohakira pese pese sekunge ndo ZRP yavekuzotibhowa mhuka iyoyi nokuti yakajaidzwa nemuridzi wayo

  2. Obert Pasi January 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    Zanu pf youths out of ignorance or out of lack of knowledge are used. Here its strike by operators ( not touts) who have parked their kombis because Chitungwiza Municipality is demanding $100 per kombi per year effective 01 January from nowhere saying operators permit in addition to the $17.50 a month they get from Kombis.

    Touts are obviously siding with their employers kombi operators to ensure every kombi is parked. Zanu youths are siding with their employers Parkrite/Council.
    Parkrite is a company allegedly owned by Patrick Zhuwawo that terrorises Kombis and extorts bribes and impounds kombis for frivolous offenses judging fines of $100 council gets only 30% from the job done by Parkrite.

    Council and government need to be serious and recognise Kombis for a sterling job and contribution thy make to Zimbabwe. Families and business are living off them, that is – operator, driver, conductor, tout, council, ministry of transport, insurance companies for motor and passenger, vid, zinara, hardware/spares shops, mechanics, auto electricians. But government has always handled kombis as if are a nuisance. It is government through corrupt officials supporting the nuisance by a few errant drivers. mshika shika can be ended in 1 minutes if driver (not operator) the offender is arrested and if passengers boarding at such places are arrested. However, government with all the cabinet ministers fat and purpoting to run professionally choose to punish the operator by impounding his vehicle and not arresting the offender.

    • mazarira January 6, 2016 at 8:30 am #

      well said, “Council and government need to be serious and recognise Kombis for a sterling job and contribution they make to Zimbabwe. Families and business are living off them, that is – operator, driver, conductor, tout, council, ministry of transport, insurance companies for motor and passenger, vid, zinara, hardware/spares shops, mechanics, auto electricians. But government has always handled kombis as if they are a nuisance.”

  3. Alfa January 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Ma youths maghost worker anoitei achisupporta wicked system

  4. uth Maitano January 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    Chitugwiza town Council management haina musoro.the fines are too much.security yacho yetown council too much corruption.

  5. Mukanya January 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    Very soon the 80 000youth brigades or so will be re-activated according to Zhuwao. Mucharohwa mukati Baba nemuridzo!!

    • atembo. January 6, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

      Saka iwe unosarudza kuona musha uchitsva amai nehanzvadzi dzichibhinywa iwe uchisodomizwa nekungotya kurohwa? Typical cowardly attitude of a typical Zimbo.wakadhakwa

  6. hallinhill January 5, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    my Aunty Brianna just got a great Lexus IS F Sedan just by some parttime working online with a macbook…

  7. hallinhill January 5, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    my Aunty Brianna just got a great Lexus IS F Sedan just by some parttime working online with a macbook…
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  8. Wezhira wezhara January 5, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    Mapurisa eCouncil yeChitungwiza are a shame. They even arrest someone who has pulled off the road, and is not even within the 7,5m distance from a junction and consider that as dangerous parking just because you are picking friends to work. I was once a victim and refused to pay the fine. Which law permits them to seize a vehicle to force the owner to pay a fine. As long as somebody can be positively identified, he should be allowed to go. Moreover a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, so they have turned themselves into a court with the final verdict. Makunde, send your people for some training but I think its you who needs training to understand whether they are not violating other people’s rights. Do you have a lawyer in Council?

  9. Jojo January 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    I am told several people have been severely sjambokked by the savage Black Boots. They beat up all and sundry like berserkers. Yet Chitungwiza council is wrong to hike rank fees from a token $17.00 per month to a whopping $100.00. This is the height of lunacy and callous insensitivity.

  10. sssss January 5, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    THIS DOES NOT WORRY ROBERT MUGABE. MUGABE IS SOON TO FIRE UP 100000 CIVIL SERVANT WHO DONT SUBSCRIBE TO ZANU AND REPLACE THEM WITH WELL INDOCTRINATED 80000 YOUTH BRIGADES WHO ARE READY TO WORK FOR A MINIMAL SALARY OR EVEN NOTHING TO MAKE SURE ZANU STAYS IN POWER. THIS IS ZANU. WE HAVE BEEN TELLING YOU, VOTE WISELY AND EVEN CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE BEEN SAYING ZANU IS THE BEST. FOR THOSE 80000 YOUTHS DONT EVER THINK ZANU CARES FOR YOU. THE DAY IT WILL SEE THAT YOU HAVE DONE YOUR PART IT WILL DUMP YOU INTO THE TOILET. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RAISE YOUR HEAD. ASK MUJURU, JABULANI SIBANDA AND THE REST. THIS IS ZANU.

    • nyathie January 5, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      ITS SURPRISING THAT THE COUNCIL IS FAILING TO REPAIR ROADS WHICH ARE IN A SORRY STATE AND YET THEY FIND MONEY TO BUY TRUCKS TO HARASS MOTORISTS. CHITUNGWIZA DOES NOT HAVE CLEAN WATER FOR 5 DAYS IN A WEEK YOU WOULD
      WONDER WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING THESE TERRIBLE DECISION.

  11. Moore January 5, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Looks like there wasn’t much to write about in this case??? Maybe it did not warrant updates as such coz we would have expected real updates.

  12. Hosana from Njelele January 5, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    Please update us constantly
    For the masses to rise they must be informed!!

  13. hondo January 5, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

    Pamberi/pambili lo ZANU PF ndozvatakada

  14. ndoro January 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

    the govt is acting sily by such behaviour,ngavamutse ma industry 1st&see if they wil hav a problem with the youth.iyoyo ndo problem iri paground.ngatisa rova imbwa takaviga mupini.they are bizy scrambling for resources wen the country is crumbling into rubbles.zim asset,foreign policy,indeginisation,look east&etc,its all rubbish coz they dont implement wat they preach.not a single ministry doing well@the moment mr president.chinamasa@the other end making things worse.tinosvika rinhi nevarume ava.

  15. Joe January 6, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    I saw these Chitungwiza officers one day in the company of one NOTA an ex-mayor terrorizing school buses of a certain school that were parked in the grass about 300m from the road. What a shame these police officers are a disgrace.

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