Police Deployed In Nkayi

This has put fear among Nkayi residents as they suspect that Zanu (PF) leader and President Robert Mugabe is planning to call for by- elections and violence might erupt.

In October last year Bulawayo High Court judge Nicholas Ndou ordered Mugabe to call for by-elections in three vacant constituencies of Nkayi South, Lupane East, and Bulilima East all in Matebeleland region. The three constituencies were left vacant after the expulsion of three Members of Parliament by the smaller Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Welshman Ncube for aligning themselves to the MDC-T. The expelled legislators were Abdenico Bhebhe of Nkayi South, Njabuliso Mguni of Lupane East and Norman Mpofu of Bulilima East.

Attorney General Johannes Tomana in November once indicated that he will appeal against the High Court judgment.

However the sudden deployment of security agents in Nkayi constituency has left many questions than answers among Nkayi residents.

Bhebhe confirmed to Radio VOP:“Hordes of police officers have been deployed at Nkayi Business centre this week. We are surprised by this and everybody here suspects that by- elections are about to held,” said Bhebhe who is also the MDC-T deputy national organizing secretary.

Bhebhe added: “The officers are residing at Nkayi High School and are holding some secret training workshops daily .During those training session they will be singing Zanu (PF) songs especially that one called Nyatsoteera.”

Nkayi district is now regarded as a “hot spot” for the two MDC formations and human rights activists as police have blocked several meetings in recent months.

Last week there was chaos at Nkayi business centre when a group of heavily armed police officers in riot gear allegedly went on the rampage beating up residents in revenge after their colleague was assaulted at a birthday party.

Last week again Nkayi police defied a court order and disrupted an MDC-T provincial rally at Khomayanga Business Centre.