Sikhala Mobilises Youths To Defend Chin’ono’s Goats Projects

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) deputy chairperson, Job Sikhala, claimed Saturday to have mobilised scores of people to sleep at journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono’s Murehwa home.

The move follows threats by ruling ZANU PF party youths, led by one Taurai Kandishaya, to invade and forcibly take possession of part of Chin’ono’s livestock.

Taurai claims that Chin’ono is a beneficiary of a goat project initiated by the government but failed or neglected to pass on the goats to other farmers.

A news article flighted by state broadcaster ZBC alleging Chin’ono fraudulently took possession of a State-sponsored goat project meant for villagers ignited the current fight.

The report accused the journalist of benefiting from the government’s Command Agriculture.

Chin’ono who runs a goat project at his Murehwa village near Mukarakate refutes the claims saying he never received goats from the government.

Chin’ono, according to his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, is currently out of the country

Sikhala, a CCC legislator for Zengeza West wrote on Twitter claiming to have mobilised youths to guardChin’ono’s home. He said:

I have decided to join other citizens who have volunteered to be at Chin’ono’s village near Mukarakate in Murehwa to defend one of our citizens under attack from the regime.

I have mobilised more volunteers. Tonorarika ko (we will sleep there). This nonsense has to be stopped once and for all.

Scores of social media users have vowed “mbudzi hadzina kwadzinoinda” (goats are going nowhere) saying they will fight for the respect for property rights in the country.

Chin’ono was this week forced to share receipts of the initial 35 goats he imported from South Africa to dispel allegations by ZBC.

He also said, “The Zanu PF thug, Taurai Kandishaya, plans to loot my property on Sunday. I have instructed my workers not to fight with anyone, let them take.” 

His lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has since written to the police demanding they investigate the matter before the ZANU PF youths invade the project.

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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