Former War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube has been criticised for confessing that he organised youths who booed Grace Mugabe at an interface rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo on November 4.
The Dumiso Dabengwa led Zapu said that Dube should reform and refrain from using unemployed youths to further political agendas. Zapu deputy spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa also said Dube should apologise to Bulawayo. Said Maphosa:
We roundly condemn Tshinga Dube for his disgraceful admission and bragging that he is the one who hired the Zanu PF thugs who booed (former President Robert) Mugabe and his wife at White City Stadium recently. Dube’s admission is testimony to the long-held fears and complaints that old politicians are in the habit of abusing youths by giving them sick monies to engage in violence on their behalf
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The tired politicians, old and in conflict among themselves, take advantage of desperate unemployed youths and use them to fight their wars. It is worrying that Tshinga Dube can brag about paying Magura Charumbira and his sick-minded crew this time as the country prepares for elections by July 2018. Our fear as Zapu is the proliferation of such madness as it seems Dube may not account for his irresponsibility at White City.
Dube, instead of using the unemployed youths, should advise his counterparts to rebuild the economy they so destroyed in the last 37 years, in the process rendering millions destitute and desperate. We, however, condemn his actions, confession and boasting about buying youths as machines of anarchy, especially considering that the same Magura Charumbira he paid for violence has been terrorising Bulawayo vendors in the aftermath of White City. We, therefore, demand an apology to Bulawayo from Dube, or else he satisfactorily absolves himself from the violence on vendors and ordinary citizens by Charumbira.
Tshinga Judge Dube is a Zimbabwean politician, retired colonel in the Zimbabwe National Army, member of parliament for Makokoba. He is a member of ZANU-PF and was appointed Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees in March 2016 after... Read More About Tshinga Dube
Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe (nee Marufu) is a Zimbabwean politician, business person and was the wife of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. She is also a former member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) political party. She was the Secretary of the Zanu-PF Women's... Read More About Grace Mugabe
The Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) is the oldest liberation war party formed in 1961 to oust the Ian Smith regime. Led by son of the soil, Joshua Nkomo, the movement announced guerilla war in 1966 after the party had sent some militants abroad for... Read More About ZAPU