Vi­o­lent MDC-T youths cause may­hem

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Crime Re­porter

ROWDY MDC-T youths went on a rampage in the Cen­tral Busi­ness District in Harare yes­ter­day, tar­get­ing po­lice and se­cu­rity agents for as­sault.

They also turned vi­o­lent on mem­bers of the public.

The chaos started when il­le­gal ven­dors op­er­at­ing at the Deeds Of­fice near MDC-T head­quar­ters at Har­vest House were or­dered to va­cate the place fol­low­ing a Gov­ern­ment di­rec­tive.

The ven­dors re­sisted and the MDC-T youths took ad­van­tage of the si­t­u­a­tion.

Shops in the vicin­ity of Har­vest House had to close as the MDC-T youths, some of who were vis­i­bly drunk, turned rowdy and as­saulted po­lice of­fi­cers pass­ing by Har­vest House.

Anti-riot po­lice had to throw tear­gas to dis­perse the vi­o­lent youths.

By early even­ing, there were still run­ning bat­tles be­tween the po­lice and the MDC-T youths in the CBD, as the youths had turned on in­no­cent mo­torists, throw­ing stones at their cars.

One of them also stoned a Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity bus which was fer­ry­ing sol­diers, who dis­em­barked from the bus and chased af­ter the youths.

There were also empty con­tain­ers of opaque beer around Har­vest House, an in­di­ca­tion that the MDC-T youths had been drink­ing heav­ily.

A po­lice source said: “There was a group of MDC-T youths near Har­vest House, who were ran­domly as­sault­ing passers-by they sus­pected to be po­lice of­fi­cers.

“When this was re­ported around 11.30am Po­lice Re­ac­tion Group went there and man­aged to arrest one per­son af­ter se­ri­ous re­sis­tance which in­cluded stone throw­ing.

“The ar­rested got in­jured and had been taken to hos­pi­tal un­der po­lice cus­tody.”

Chief po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Commissioner Char­ity Charamba con­firmed that the chaos started with the evic­tion of ven­dors from Deeds Of­fice.

MDC-T spokesper­son Mr Obert Gutu last night claimed MDC-T youths were dis­ci­plined, de­spite clear facts in­di­cat­ing that the youths en­gaged in vi­o­lence were from the party.

“Our youths are very dis­ci­plined cadres,” he said. “In fact, we have the most dis­ci­plined youths in the coun­try.”

Mr Gutu in­stead ac­cused the po­lice, who were trying their best to pro­tect prop­erty and mem­bers of the public from the vi­o­lent youths, of be­ing in­dis­ci­plined.

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