Po­lice block Ka­sukuwere demon­stra­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

A PRO­POSED demon­stra­tion against Lo­cal Govern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere over the abuse of stands meant for youths did not take off yes­ter­day, amid heavy po­lice pres­ence at his Makombe Build­ing of­fices.

Some youths pur­port­ing to be from the rul­ing party had de­clared that they had or­gan­ised a mas­sive demon­stra­tion against the party’s po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar, Cde Ka­sukuwere, ac­cus­ing him of cor­ruptly par­celling out stands.

They ac­cused the Min­is­ter of sell­ing res­i­den­tial stands ear­marked for youths to Prophetic Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries founder Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya and the Min­is­ter’s close as­so­ciates.

As early as 8AM, heav­ily armed po­lice were as­sist­ing se­cu­rity per­son­nel in screen­ing in­di­vid­u­als en­ter­ing the premises.Those that did not have proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion were turned away.

When our Harare Bureau ar­rived at the of­fices, the se­cu­rity guards and po­lice of­fi­cers man­ning the area de­nied them en­try.

“As of to­day no-one is al­lowed to en­ter this build­ing with­out proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. All cars are not al­lowed to en­ter, you are sup­posed to find park­ing some­where in town and you re­turn with your iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards,” said a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer who re­fused to iden­tify him­self.

By 10AM, more po­lice of­fi­cers had ar­rived in a po­lice van car­ry­ing shields and but­ton sticks which they dis­trib­uted to their col­leagues at the premises in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the demon­stra­tion.

Youths were seen milling around the build­ing whose gates were closed for all out­siders. When asked to com­ment on the events, Cde Ka­sukuwere said: “Who is demon­strat­ing?”

Cde Ka­sukuwere was grilled by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe be­fore last week’s Polit­buro meet­ing over the stands fol­low­ing re­ports that he had sold the land to Prophet Ma­gaya.

Last Satur­day Zanu-PF Youth League com­mis­sar Cde In­no­cent Ha­man­dishe was man­han­dled by youths in Chi­tung­wiza who ac­cused him of try­ing to cover up the scan­dal.

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