Bulawayo Pressure Groups Determined To Block North Korean Team

The pressure groups and the political parties have lined up a meeting for this week where they will mobilise and strategise how they can deal with the North Korea team when it arrives in the country for a training camp before proceeding to South Africa for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The Zimbabwean government’s decision to invite the North Korean football team, to set base in Zimbabwe, ahead of the World Cup in June and July, has not gone down well with people in Matabeleland who lost relatives and loved ones to Fifth Brigade, a crack unit, trained and resourced in North Korea .
 
Ibhetshu LikaZulu, one of the pressure group based in Bulawayo, is coordinating other groups to resist the North Koreans.

Qhubekani Dube the spokesperson for Ibhetshu LikaZulu  confirmed that a meeting will be held on Monday with other pressure grouping to finalise on the resistance strategy.

“The meeting is going ahead next week where we will sit down and fiinalise on a strategy that we will employ against the North Koreans, these people helped to murder thousands of our kinsmen and it will be an insult for them to be well received in this region,”Dube said.

He however said they also have a programme to engage government on the matter but if all failed then they will resort to other means to stop the North Koreans from coming this side.

“There is a programme to meet Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai and other relevant ministries to re-consider the decision of inviting the North Koreans but if all fails then we will employ different methods of engagement,”Dube said.
 
Walter Mzembi, the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, has however urged pressure groups to drop plans for protests saying the pressure groups should not mix politics with sport and should allow national healing to take place.

The North Koreans are also scheduled to play a series of friendly matches against Zimbabwe teams in both Harare and Bulawayo but pressure groups in bulawayo have vowed that they will disrupt the practise matches.

Over 20 000 people, including women and children were mercilessly butchered by the North Korean trained Fifth Brigade.