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ZANU PF Disowns Violent Murehwa Youths As Police Swoop In

ZANU PF has disowned violent youths shown in viral video clips circulating on social media in Murehwa as police are conducting investigations into the political violence case.

Some people can be seen in the video assaulting elderly women and men at a homestead in Murehwa.

According to National Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, investigations into the case are currently underway.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police have taken note of a video that has gone viral on social media depicting alleged political violence in Murewa North.

“Investigations are now in progress. More details will be released in due course,” he said. Over the weekend, Zanu PF Mashonaland East Province distanced itself from the individuals in the alleged political violence video saying that the people appearing in the video were neither members of the party nor any of its known affiliates.

In a statement, Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland East, Daniel Garwe, said they were deeply concerned about a video circulating on social media purportedly showing a group of people physically abusing elderly people in Murehwa.

“Apart from the disgusting physical abuse captured in the video, the province is disturbed by allegations that the perpetrators are ZANU PF members acting on behalf of unidentified bosses.

“The province hereby distances itself from the individuals in the viral video. They are neither members of ZANU PF Mashonaland East Province nor any known affiliate and were clearly hired to further nefarious agendas, including soiling the image of His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Second Republic,” said Garwe.

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The Herald quotes Garwe claiming that the individuals are not identified as Zanu-PF members in the video, either by word or by clothing.

“It is therefore presumptuous, hasty and even sinister to rush to brand them as ZANU PF members given that we are in an election season often fraught with all sorts of chicanery.

“The opposition Citizen Coalition for Change’s propensity to stage-manage ‘political violence’ incidents ahead of elections is well documented and some of their senior officials are currently before the courts for such lies.

“The possibility that the Murewa incident was also stage-managed to draw negative international attention should not be discounted at this point,” Garwe said.

“As a province, we urge all citizens to wait for accurate pronunciations from the Zimbabwe Republic Police which is currently conducting investigations.”

Garwe stated that the province remains guided by the consistent call for peace and tolerance by President Mnangagwa.

“The President is on record stating that all Zimbabweans should be vigilant and maintain the stable and peaceful environment that is being fostered under the Second Republic.

“We say no to violence, disunity and unrest and call on the police to speedily bring the perpetrators captured in the video to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

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