MDC-T youths yesterday wrote to police in Mbare to register their displeasure over the disruption of their scheduled rally by Zanu PF youths on Sunday.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
All hell broke loose after MDC-T youths, who had booked Ground Number 5 in Mbare and obtained a police clearance letter to use the facility, found Zanu PF youths playing a “social” soccer match at the venue.
“We refer to the above as an urgent matter that must come to your attention concerning the disruption and violent attacks that occurred in Mbare at Ground Number 5 around 12pm on March 6, 2016,” the letter, signed by MDC-T Harare provincial youth secretary Denford Ngadziore and addressed to Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and Home Affairs minister lgnatius Chombo, read.
“There were attacks that led to several youths of our party being seriously injured and hospitalised.
“Since no action was taken by the police, we, therefore, demand the rightful action and immediate arrests of the perpetrators for justice to prevail.”
According to MDC-T, one of their youths, Chamunorwa Mushauripo, was kidnapped and tortured at a Zanu PF base in the suburb, while other opposition youths lost valuables and money during the melee.
Zanu PF secretary for youth affairs Pupurai Togarepi referred all questions to Harare youth leader Edson Takataka. However, Takataka’s mobile phone went unanswered.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the disturbances, but said no arrests were made, as the youths dispersed when police officers arrived at the scene.
“I understand there were some clashes and the police reaction team went to the scene and the people dispersed,” she said.
Charamba said the MDC-T letter was not addressed to her and she was unaware of it, although she said the opposition party youths should expect a response from the office they sent the letter to.