Five people have been arrested in connection with the violence that broke out in Kwekwe at the ruling ZANU PF’s primary elections held over the weekend.
The elections were called off after machete-wielding youths stormed the command centre at the party’s Kwekwe district office and started to beat up everyone, including polling agents.
Kandros Mugabe (ZANU PF’s losing Kwekwe Central candidate in 2018) and Energy Ncube (nephew of state minister Owen Mudha Ncube), were contesting to represent the party in the by-elections meant to replace Kwekwe Central legislator Masango Matambanadzo who succumbed to COVID-19 in July this year.
The arrest was confirmed by Zanu PF Midlands provincial spokesperson Cornelius Mpereri who said the party was assisting the police with investigations. Mpereri said:
There are suspects who have since been arrested following the disturbances on Sunday, but you can check with the police for the names.
I am not in the office at the moment. We are a peaceful party and we continue to work with the police as we seek to bring the perpetrators of the violence to book.
Of interest to some, however, is the fact that the primary elections were conducted after the Health Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga had decreed that by-elections to replace recalled MDC Alliance MPs will not be conducted.
Through Statutory Instrument (SI), 225A of 2020 Chiwenga cited the coronavirus pandemic as the reason why the elections should be suspended indefinitely.
Some say the directive is a political tool to prevent the citizenry from choosing representatives of their own as the party which recalled the MPs will now nominate replacements.
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