Minister Makone admits MDC-T powerless over ZPF youths

September 22, 2011 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

By Tererai Karimakwenda

Violent thugs from ZANU PF have more power than the police and the MDC-T
cannot do anything to stop them, the co-Minister of Home Affairs Theresa
Makone has admitted, just a day after the Chipangano gang in Mbare assaulted
minibus operators as police watched.

Speaking on SW Radio Africa’s programme “Question Time”, the Minister
admitted that her party has no power to stop the violent youths and police
are not allowed to arrest them, as long as they are furthering the ZANU PF
agenda.

There is this unwritten law that is understood by ZANU PF that you cannot
arrest their members. We have talked about it in parliament, in cabinet and
party meetings. But what difference does it make if the hands of the police
are tied,” Makone said.

She added that police officers had been assaulted on Tuesday by members of
the Chipangano gang in Harare, who were beating up minibus drivers refusing
to pay a fee for each trip. The incident occurred in front of the police
station.

Asked how it was possible for the police to fail to subdue and arrest a
group of young thugs, the Home Affairs co-Minister said: “It’s not a
question of numbers. If instructions are given not to arrest them you can do
nothing.”

Makone said she has spoken to Robert Mugabe about the violence on several
occasions and informed him that there was a problem. But he gets other
reports, from sources she says she does not know, that say incidents have
gone down.

“He needs to give a clear and direct command to the police to arrest all
perpetrators of violence without regard for color of their regalia” the
frustrated Minister explained, adding: “I’m unhappy with this as a minister
and a leader of women.”

Makone confirmed reports in the Newsday newspaper that ZANU PF youths had
invaded her constituency and established a torture base there. According to
Newsday, Harare’s deputy Mayor, Emmanuel Chiroto, has threatened to quit as
a result of ZANU PF’s invasions.

Makone said she believes the violence would end if the SADC team that is due
to work with JOMIC is sent to Zimbabwe soon.

Regional leaders resolved to appoint a 3-member team to assist JOMIC with
the implementation of the GPA months ago. The team has still not been
appointed.

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