Zanu PF Youths Continue To Seize Buildings
The Zanu (PF) youths invaded Victoria House block of flats along Hebert
Chitepo Street owned by Essats family of Indian origin. On Tuesday police
brought a messenger of court who was armed with a High Court order to evict
them, but the more than 70 Zanu (PF) youths at this building refused to
vacate claiming the building was now theirs, resulting in clashes with
“We are not going anywhere Victoria House is now ours. Yourself you can’t
go to India today and own buildings. There should go away we are not going
to listen to that, Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans,” said Andrew Manjoro the
Zanu (PF) secretary for economic affairs in youth league in Bulawayo
district. Manjoro added that the Essats family was wasting time and money by
trying to evict them.
When Radio VOP visited Victoria House on Tuesday night the Zanu (PF) youths
were back in the building claiming that they had engaged senior police
officers in the province and they won’t be evicted from the building.
In June last year Zanu (PF) youths in Bulawayo seized three buildings
located in the central business district owned by Indian and Italian
The buildings that have been invaded so far include Zambesia and Canberra
Flats located between Leopold Takawira and Sixth Avenue and owned by Laloo
family, also of Indian origin. The militant youths have also grabbed the
Capri which houses the Pizzaghetti owned by Di Palma family who are of
The youths last month blocked businessman Khalil Gaibie from evicting
tenants from his Elons Court between 3rd Avenue and Main Street over late
payment of rentals, adding that they had taken over the building
The takeover of the buildings in Bulawayo has caused divisions between the
party’s provincial executive and the youths. Isaac Dakamela, the Zanu (PF)
chairman for Bulawayo Province, had on numerous occasions voiced his concern
at the takeover of city buildings by the party youths who have also hit back
and threatened to topple him on charges of being a stumbling block to the
black empowerment programme.
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