The youths have in the past few months been forcibly taking over buildings owned by Indians and Whites in the city saying the move marks the start of a programme to empower unemployed blacks.Absolom Sikhosana, the Zanu (PF) national youth chairman however said that the party leadership had not sanctioned the takeover of the buildings, adding that an order had been issued against the youths to stop their programme.
“ The programme of taking over buildings has not been sanctioned by the party leadership. Those youths who have been invading buildings are criminals who are tarnishing the party name.
“ We have directed them to stop forthwith the programme.they have their own agendas and that is spoiling the party name.“If they get arrested or sued for invading buildings, the party will not represent them because what they have been doing is illegal , ” Sikhosana told Radio Vop.
Sikhosana said the Bulawayo Zanu (PF) youths should first wait for politburo members who will be dispatched to provinces soon to inform and educate party followers how this programme of indigenisation will be implemented.
The buildings that have been invaded so far include Zambesia and Canberra Flats located between Leopold Takawira and Sixth Avenue and owned by Laloo family of Indian origin.The militant youths have also grabbed the Capri which houses the Pizzaghetti owned by Di Palma family who are of Italian origin.
The youths recently blocked Khalil Gaibie from evicting tenants from his Elons Court between 3rd Avenue and Main Street over late payment of rentals, adding that they have taken over the building.
The takeover of the buildings in Bulawayo had caused divisions between the party’s provincial executive and the youths.Isaac Dakamela, the Zanu (PF) chairman for Bulawayo Province had on numerous occasions voiced his concern at the takeover of city buildings by the party youths who have also hit back and threatened to topple him on charges of being a stumbling block to the black empowerment programme.