By Tatenda Dewa | Harare Bureau |
Zanu PF youths at the weekend showed growing anger with Saviour Kasukuwere, the ruling party national organiser, and assaulted his ally for reportedly shielding the Local Government minister over alleged corrupt sale of residential land meant for them to his cronies.
President Robert Mugabe recently publicly accused Kasukuwere of diverting land allocated to party youths and selling it to the head of the Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries, Walter Magaya and other well-connected individuals who include his brother, Tongai.
On Saturday, irate youths assaulted the Zanu PF youth wing commissar, Innocent Hamandishe, in Chitungwiza, accusing him of trying to cover up for Kasukuwere’s corrupt land deals.
They called him to address them, amid allegations that Kasukuwere had tried to buy party district officials with land for them not to speak out on the sold plots in Chishawasha B on Harare’s outskirts.
The district chairpersons, however, reportedly shrugged off Kasukuwere’s offer of 10 housing stands to each of them.
Hamandishe, according to government-controlled media reports, initially refused to address the youths and when he went, he is said to have given them unsatisfactory answers, resulting in him being beaten up.
The Zanu-PF youth league provincial chair for Harare, Edison Takataka, vowed that they would get back the land.
“As youths, we really want that land and most of the people who were mentioned…have plenty of properties and I think people should not be that greedy. As far as we are concerned, our land is still there,” he said. Nehanda Radio