The party’s militia who were led by Bhutho Gazi, the party’s provincial youth chairperson and armed with sticks and logs chased away caretakers of Zambeziya block of flats situated on the corner of Fort Street and Leopold Takawira in Bulawayo.
When Radio VOP news crew arrived at the blocked of flats, owned by Martin Robinson, the youth clad in party regalia were busy removing furniture from the flats. The flats were used as offices by Robinson who was said to be at his farm in Zvishavane at the time of the invasion.
“About six youths first come in the morning in a white Nissan hard body and asked for the whereabouts of Mr Robinson. When we told them that Mr Robison was in Zvishavane they drove away and came back after two hours with more youths and started accusing us of working for colonialists, said Never Ncube, one of the caretakers at the flats. “They demanded the keys of the flats from one of my colleagues and claimed that they are now the new owners of the flat.”
The invasion of the flats by the youth follows a visit by the Minister of Youth and Indigenisation Saviour Kasukuwere in Bulawayo over the weekend end.
Kasukuwere is reported to have addressed the youth at the party’s provincial headquarters before the invasion.
Contacted for comment Bulawayo police spokesperson Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed it was a political issue, saying: “Police are not to involved as this is a political case.”
Under the empowerment act backed Zanu (PF) all foreign-owned firms are supposed to submit plans showing how they will transfer 51 percent
shareholding to black Zimbabweans.
Kasukuwere last month threatened to impose punitive taxes against foreign-controlled firms that fail to transfer majority stake to indigenous
Zimbabweans by March 2015. He, however, did not say where impoverished locals will get cash to buy shareholding in large mines, banks and other businesses.
Critics fear that President Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF – who wield greater power in the unity government – could be plotting another chaotic seizure of property in the style of farm seizures that destroyed Zimbabwe’s farming sector to leave the country facing acute food shortages.