Zimbabwe National Organisation of Associations and Residents Trusts (ZNOART), an Apex body representing all associations and residents alleges that violent youths disrupted a residents association and Tongai Mnangagwa (Harare South Member of Parliament) tour in Southlea Park.
The was a barbaric scene yesterday in Southlea park when violent youths attacked residents who were waiting to be addressed by the Member of Parliament for Harare South Honourable Tongai Mnangagwa. The lawmaker was set to meet and address Southlea Park residents at an event organized by ZIMBABWE NATIONAL ORGANISATION OF ASSOCIATIONS AND RESIDENTS TRUSTS(ZNOART).The program aimed to address the issues of service delivery and infrastructure development that have been a cause of concern in Southlea Park and Harare in general.
Last year the president H.E ED Mnangagwa declared war on land barons followed by a land commission that aimed to address the issue of land barons and several people have been arrested. Land barons are distributing land set aside for schools, clinics and sometime doing double allocations of stands this is being done illegally, well-known land barons are using their political muscles to protect their illegal dealings.
ZNOART organised a tour accompanied by Hon Tongai Mnangagwa to Southlea park to get first-hand information on the issue of land barons and to address the issue of Regularisation of stands. Southlea Park residents were gathered near Candy shops waiting for the lawmaker and ZNOART executive, at around 9 in the morning violent youths led by a man only identified as Nhakiwa arrived at the venue holding empty bottles, sticks and stones. They displaced the gathering and assaulted local residents association leaders and reportedly told them that Southlea park is a no go area.
The youth are said to have been sent by Pfundukwa whom Southlea Park residence are accusing of selling stands on wetlands and on areas set aside for schools, clinics etc illegally. The residence are believing that the attack was meant to stop ZNOART and Hon Mnangagwa from exposing the situation on the ground.
Below is a statement issued in ZNOART WhatsApp group
Good afternoon ZNOART Family and fellow residents Just a report back from the ZNOART family on yesterday’s programme and meeting. Because of disturbances which happened in Harare South, we couldn’t take the MP to the TOUR as anticipated. The ZNOART officials had to take cover at Mbudzi police station. However, we later caught up with the MP who has promised to address all the Harare South issues on our Saturday programme called ZNOART OFFICIAL ENGAGEMENT NEXT SATURDAYs.