ZANU PF youths have rallied behind party’s youth leader, Tapiwa Muto, who faces charges of assault, public violence and murder.
Muto (36) was arrested Tuesday in an afternoon raid by some police and military intelligence officers while coming from the party’s Kwekwe District offices.
Kwekwe Magistrates court released him on bail on Friday, the day the youths brought Kwekwe Central Business District to a standstill.
Following his release and addressing party supporters at Kwekwe Zanu PF District Offices, Muto said he was unmoved by his arrest on allegations he described as fabricated. He said:
I want to express gratitude to all of you who have come in support of me, it is evident that G40 is still within our midst. However, my resolve is unshaken. I want to urge you to remain united.
They will come up with spurious charges but that will all count to nothing if we are united. Let us remain united and we will prevail.
Muto and some party youths are being accused of causing public violence during a Zanu PF primary election that was prematurely abandoned after fierce clashes between rival camps last month.
The state alleges that on December 11 2020, Muto and his accomplices namely Tafadzwa Rodgers, Wiseman Ngwenya, Raymond Chiriga, Petros and other two who are still on the run, intentionally caused the death of Andrew Moyo, by taking turns to beat him with switches and open hands all over the body.”
Moyo was rushed to Kwekwe General Hospital after the assault and was pronounced dead upon admission.
The state also alleges that on the 6th of June 2018 Muto, in the company of others who are still at large, approached Kennedy Tumwe at Mvuda’s Corner Sports Bar Mbizo 4 Shopping Centre, Kwekwe whom they assaulted after an argument over political issues.
Muto is also accused of assaulting Terrence Jabangwe.