ZANU PF has distanced itself from an apparent attack on an anti-Gukurahundi traditional leader, Chief Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni of Ntabazinduna in Bulawayo on Wednesday.
Social media pictures showed the Chief threatening to burn a government-issued vehicle after alleged ZANU PF youths attempted to seize it.
The Herald quotes an unnamed ZANU PF official who claimed that the Chief’s story does not add up. The official is quoted as saying:
For starters, it is a known fact that all Zanu-PF structures in Bulawayo were dissolved.
How did Chief Ndiweni know that his attackers were Zanu-PF youths; did they identify themselves as such? The pictures that Ndebele posted do not show any Zanu-PF regalia.
Secondly, how was this attack coordinated, considering that Ndiweni lives in Ntabazinduna and not Bulawayo? How did Zanu-PF youths know where he was in Bulawayo? Did they prophesy his presence in Bulawayo?
This event was clearly stage-managed and broadcast by Ndebele a few minutes after it allegedly happened. If that is not suspicious, I don’t know what is.
Chief Ndiweni crossed paths with the ruling party after he voiced his support for MDC leader Nelson Chamisa.
The traditional leader has also clashed with the government over the allocation of land to a farmer in Ntabazinduna in a move that reportedly desecrates a sacred mountain in the area.