By A Correspondent- Police in Banket have disrupted a violent Zanu PF meeting and ordered the organisers to refrain from violence.
This happened recently during the party’s restructuring exercise in the Mashonaland west farming town, after angry youths had asked for jobs from their local councillor, who failed to provide them with answers.
Zanu PF youth league chairperson for Banket Steven Zidana charged at the district chairman, Never Hutepasi, also Ward 22 councillor, accusing him of behaving like opposition MDC.
The youths accused Hutepasi of being a thief and traitor on a mission to see the ruling party losing in the 2023 national elections.
Zidana threatened to physically assault Hutepasi after the latter had indicated that he could not get jobs for the youths in a construction company carrying out the government’s emergency road rehabilitation programme in Banket.
Hutepasi told the meeting that the contractor had been engaged by the central government and not by the local council; therefore, he could not influence recruitment processes since he was a councillor. Added Hutepasi:
We cannot force a private player to employ anyone, but we can only make requests if they have vacancies.
Zidana then charged towards Hutepasi and started insulting him. Charged Zidana:
You are foolish! How can you bring the MDC way of doing things to Zanu PF? Do you want the party to lose elections? I will not allow you to do it, and you are also a thief.
Police officers arrived at the meeting and dispersed the gathering.