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Is Zanu PF A Violent Party?

  • Gibbs Dube

Some Zanu PF youth have in the past attacked the party leadership for promoting anarchy in the ruling party by sponsoring violent groups.

Several homes belonging to supporters of the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe in Manicaland province were set on fire Tuesday night by suspected Zanu PF activists, a few days after MDC-T supporters were threatened with death in Masvingo province by ruling party activists.

At the same time, Zimbabwe People First leader Joice Mujuru was recently allegedly intimidated by suspected Zanu PF activists while reports indicate that there is an escalation of political friction in the country ahead of the 2018 national elections.

Election violence has always gripped Zimbabwe during elections, leaving some people dead and others maimed or displaced.

Is Zanu PF a violent party as being portrayed by opposition parties? Though party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo was not available for comment, Zanu PF activist Nick Mangwana told Studio 7 that it is nonsensical to think that the ruling party is a violent organization.

Studio 7 also reached Jacob Mafume of the People’s Democratic Party and Political commentator Professor Shadreck Guto of the University of South Africa.

Mafume said Zanu PF is a violent party as shown by utterrances of party officials and a chief in Masvingo, who threatened to kill MDC-T supporters.