WASHINGTON D.C. —
At least 20 people were arrested in Chitungwiza Friday when some residents and dismissed council workers, who wanted to hold a meeting with Local Government minister Savior Kasukuwere, clashed with the anti-riot police.
Chitungwiza Residents’ Trust chairperson, Marvellous Khumalo, said Kasukuwere was expected to visit Chitungwiza to deal with an internal audit report, which was allegedly unearthed rampant corruption in the allocation of stands.
“People started gathering at the venue as early as 0800 hours in the morning and by the time word reached us that the minister was no longer coming the police had already started chasing people away,” Khumalo said.
He said the said audit was said to have implicated some top council officials.
“People wanted to see the minister’s reaction to such a report. It reveals massive corruption,” he added.
Those arrested were still detained at St. Mary’s Police Station in Chitungwiza at the time we published this story.
Khumalo said those arrested included dismissed workers who were camped at council offices demanding their terminal benefits.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba was not reachable for comment as he was not responding to Studio 7 calls.