ZANU PF youths have been accused of terrorising business people in Harare by demanding donations for the ruling party’s People Conference which is slated for next week in Goromonzi.
About 7000 delegates are expected to grace the event with the party saying that preparations are going according to plan. A businessman who spoke to the Daily News on condition of anonymity revealed that the youths were demanding money from business people. He said:
We thought this ended with Mugabe when such demands were common, especially when there were rallies, national hero funerals, his annual birthday, but the culture is back now.
“The youths want me to contribute money, which they say is for transport and logistical costs. I wouldn’t mind if it was a genuine request but there is an element of demand.
This was confirmed by another businessman who expressed sadness over the development which he said was happening when things were hard for everyone.
The allegations were dismissed as false by Zanu PF Bulawayo’s fundraising committee spokesperson, Khumbulani Mpofu that the party was targeting its traditional donors admitting however that raisingtargeted $500 000 was utopian.
Business people used willingly fund the ruling party’s events to safeguard their business interests but the rapidly deteriorating economy forced many to assume a retreating role as they are also struggling to keep their businesses afloat.
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