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PF thugs assault MDC-T House of Assembly representative for St Mary's
Youth Agenda Trust
June 04, 2010
ZANU PF youths and hired
youth militias severely assaulted and injured St Mary's Member
of Parliament, Hon Marvelous Khumalo at a public meeting convened
by the Youth Agenda Trust at New Ambassador Hotel yesterday evening.
Five other youths from the MDC youth assembly also sustained serious
injuries with Lee Ncube being admitted to the Avenues Clinic in
Harare throughout the night. The public meeting which was carried
out under the theme: "Young people and the constitution making
debate; possibilities for a free and fair election in May 2011"
was meant to solicit views and opinions from young people with different
political affiliations and ideologies on the impact of the challenges
facing the constitution making process to date on the elections
which may be held in May next year. The thugs had been mobilized
by Cecilia Chivhunga the ZANU PF Youth League Deputy Spokesperson
and were paid by Tongai Kasukuwere a high ranking member of the
Zanu PF Youth League and also young brother to Saviour Kasukuwere
the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenization and Empowerment
who is well known for financing terror groups across the country.
was chaired by the Youth Agenda Trust Board Secretary and Coordinator
of the Student
Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ), Innocent Kasiyano and
drew speakers from the following organizations, Hon Marvelous Khumalo
(MDC MP for St Mary's); Cecelia Chivhunga (ZANU PF Youth League
Deputy Spokesperson), Maddock Chivasa (National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) Spokesperson), Rudo Chigudu (Young
Women Leadership Initiative - YOWLI) and Donald Charumbira the (Chairperson
Zimbabwe Youth Council - ZYC).
The ZANU PF youths together
with their notorious hit squad from Mbare (known as Chipangano)
stormed the meeting venue just before the presentation from the
NCA Maddock Chivasa. Proceedings had to come to a standstill for
close to fifteen minutes as the rowdy ZANU PF youths and hired militias
started singing liberation war songs and dancing in the conference
room in efforts to refrain Maddock Chivasa from making his presentation.
Honorable Khumalo's presentation did not last a minute as
the same youths jumped to the panelist's table and in a typical
mafia like style more bused thugs stormed the conference room and
started to assault Hon Marvelous Khumalo and other MDC youths who
were showing solidarity with him. In a clear act of connivance,
a military officer clad in military police uniform suddenly appeared
and immediately arrested Hon Khumalo alleging that he had insulted
the office and personality of the President. He was then detained
at Defense House where he was interrogated with military and other
state security personnel. Meanwhile Hon Marvelous Khumalo who was
later released late in the night is currently recuperating from
the sustained in juries.
The Youth Agenda Trust
continues to condemn such acts of hooliganism, thuggery and utter
disrespect of the right to freedom of speech and assembly by ZANU
PF youths and their masters. Such acts of unprecedented madness
where an elected Member of the House of Assembly is denied the right
to express his views at a public forum sends clear signals of the
unwillingness to reform and the lack of accommodation of divergent
political thinking in the current ailing political transition. The
ZANU PF youths has over the years gained negative media limelight
for disrupting civil society meetings and government programmes.
The disruption of the all stakeholders constitutional conference
and the recently aborted National Healing conference are some of
the recent examples highlighting the notorious behavior of ZANU
PF youth militias.
Meanwhile the Youth
Agenda Trust urges the inclusive government to speedily introduce
the necessary reforms which shall guarantee the unhindered operation
of civil society and the respecting of people's basic freedoms.
Free and fair elections, a peaceful and democratic society where
all Zimbabweans are regarded as equals and are free to enjoy their
God given rights to freedom of speech and assembly will never be
possible in such an environment where the law remains blind to such
injustices. On this note and in conclusion the Youth Agenda Trust
therefore calls upon the law enforcing agents to bring to book these
culprits who disrupted a legally sanctioned meeting and assaulting
a respected parliamentarian and innocent young Zimbabweans in the
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