Ruling party youth who allegedly failed to raise enough money from local people for ferrying about 100,000 people from Mutare in Manicaland province to Harare, are also said to be forcing schools and colleges to offer transport without the necessary compensation for costs to be incurred.
The Zanu PF provincial youth secretary for education, Kudzi Madhara, said the party is expected to pay for all the transport costs though most people who were interviewed by Studio 7 indicated that they were forced to provide buses for the million-man-march.
The business community has also not been spared as ruling party youth are moving around with begging bowls for contributions to meet other expenses such as food.
Political activist Pishai Muchauraya had no kind words for the organizers of the march.
“I think it is a sign that Zanu PF has lost its support and respect and that is why they are relying on using force and violence, and this is also why they are going to the rural areas and forcing school children and business people to be part of this. What they have to do is to campaign peacefully.”
Godwin Sithole, a parent with school-going children said they are worried that they may lose their bus if it breaks down.
“What I can say is that they are just abusing people and school headmasters and their SDCs and SDAs to carry people to their programs. We are aware the headmasters cannot do anything to deny them what they want this is despite that we are the owners of the buses. Last time the minister of education banned the holding of political meetings at school and how come now a political party takes buses free of charge for political gatherings.”
Zanu PF Manicaland provincial youth chairperson, Mubuso Chinguno, dismissed claims that schools and colleges have been forced to offer them transport.
Chinguno said the party had been given transport by well-wishers they had approached and those unwilling had not helped them.