Youth sports meeting threatened by ZANU PF militia
By Gerry Jackson
The Youth Agenda Trust of Zimbabwe (YAT) reported Thursday that one of their
sports tournaments was disrupted by a ZANU PF youth militia group.
In a statement they said that a retired soldier, Chishaka, led the group in
a door to door campaign in Mvurwi on Monday, warning villagers against
attending the sports event, or face unspecified action.
YAT says the militia receives logistical support from aspiring ZANU PF MP
Edgar Chidavaenzi and that after terrorising the villagers they went on to
Pembichase farm in Ward 26 of Mazoe North Constituency. They ordered the
youths to leave the venue and stop the ‘Play Your Vote’ sports tournament.
YAT also said that police supported the militia and warned the youths
against defying the order. Despite trying to negotiate with the militia the
group became violent and started pushing the youths around.
YAT coordinator Tonderai Samhu was taken for questioning and threatened with
death if he dared organize a similar event.
The youth group went on to appeal to voters to be ‘resilient’ and turn out
in large numbers to vote, for what they called progressive politicians.
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