The suspects have been selling the cards for US$13 instead of just a dollar. It could not be established how many cards have been sold by the youths.
The youths were forcing members of the community to join the party to justify a membership audit. Audit results seek to resolve among other things the election of the District Coordinating Committee (DCC) chair in the area to replace the late member, Briden Zimba, who died in October.
There are two warring camps in the party district over who should take over. Zimba belonged to a camp led by Deputy Minister Reuben Marumahoko who is Hurungwe senator. Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka leads the other faction. According to party insiders the party cards scandal was being ‘downplayed at senior level awaiting resolutions of party conference to begin in Mutare on Thursday.
A senior party member said they wanted the party to deal with the irregular selling of membership cards by the youths.
‘We have heard complainants of how cards are being sold at inflated prices. If elections are due next year, we have to be cautious in dealing with culprits as they will be part of campaign teams’ said an official.
Zanu (PF) youths are accused of being ‘above the law’ as they have been scaring away potential supporters using violence and intimidation.