Five suspected gold panners allegedly hired to disrupt Zanu PF primary elections for Kwekwe Central over the weekend have been arrested, as investigations into the incident continue.
The primary elections had to be cancelled after rowdy youths armed with machetes and iron bars stormed the command centre at the party’s Kwekwe district office and started to beat up everyone, including polling agents.
Vehicles belonging to party officials, including that of the provincial deputy chairperson Cde Rabson Nyathi, who was presiding were damaged.
A video has surfaced online of the violent clashes which saw police officers withdrawing from the scene running for dear lives as violent youths attacked them with stones.
Ironically, 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.
Additional reporting from Herald, Pindula