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PF youths target foreign owned businesses in Harare
Peace Project (ZPP)
February 07, 2011
A group of marauding
Zanu PF youths allegedly clad in Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) t-shirts destroyed and looted property and goods at the Gulf
Complex in Harare during the morning of Monday, February 07, 2011.
The youths brought business to a standstill in Harare's
down town after they besieged businesses belonging to foreign nationals
demanding them to leave immediately in a typical xenophobia style.
The youths, who gathered at the party's headquarters
and the party's district offices next to the Fourth Street
bus terminus early in the morning, were ferried in vehicles to the
Gulf complex where they were allegedly targeting businesses belonging
to Nigerian and Chinese owners.
Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) witnessed the marauding
youths as they marched in Harare's down town areas singing
revolutionary songs and disrupted businesses at the Gulf Shopping
Complex, Ximex Mall and several other shops along Harare and Kaguvi
The melee that ensued during the violent demonstrations
led to the total closure of the Gulf Complex as the police officers
yielding button sticks moved to quell the disruptions. A heavy police
presence could be seen around the Gulf Complex and other nearby
The majority of the business owners comprising of
Nigerian, Indian and Chinese nationals had to close shop fearing
that the aggressive youths would loot their goods.
to the demonstrators later on revealed that the Zanu PF youths had
just started a campaign for indigenization targeting foreign nationals
in line with the Indigenisation
Act. The attacks on foreign owned shops by the Zanu PF youths
are in line with the country's Indigenisation Act which seeks
to takeover all foreign owned businesses and hand them over to blacks.
The attacks come barely a month after war veterans tried, unsuccessfully,
to invade businesses
around Lake Chivero riding on the regulations of the disputed Indigenisation
Act being administered by the ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation
Meanwhile, political violence that hit the restive
suburb of Mbare has spread to Epworth where a group of Zanu PF youths
were allegedly destroying flea market stands belonging to suspected
A ZPP monitor based in Epworth said the attacks
started around midnights on Sunday, February 6, 2011 and continued
until Monday around midday.
ZPP caught up with another group of the Zanu PF
youth militias in Epworth who were travelling in a white Toyota
Hiace commuter omni-bus with registration number ABB 9555. The youths
who were visibly drunk were peeping through the windows of the moving
kombi singing political party and revolutionary songs.
The areas that were allegedly affected by the attacks
in Epworth included the flea markets at Solani Business Centre,
Chiremba Shopping Centre and Domboramwari shopping centre near the
Local Board offices.
However it could not be established whether there
were any victims who were caught up in the distraction of the flea
markets which the Zanu PF youths believe were built by the MDC-T
for its supporters.
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