The police have identified Norton as one of the hotspots prone to political violence ahead of the July 30 harmonised elections. This is due to the rivalry between the incumbent member of parliament Temba Mliswa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s special adviser Christopher Mutsvangwa. Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga said,
We have increased police visibility through focused deployments of personnel throughout the country in the build-up towards this election and we shall continue to do so on the day of election as well as the period after the election. Furthermore, identified hot-spots prone to political violence and other volatile areas are being monitored on a continuous basis.
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We have identified quite a number of hotspots, but for now, I can talk of one. Though there are no physical fights, I can say Norton is one of them. There has been exchange of words and police have been deployed accordingly. There are other areas across the country and we are available to give that information, it’s no longer a secret. We must talk openly about them.