11 suspects in custody over Chitungwiza disturbances

By ZBC Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has arrested eleven suspects in connection with the violent skirmishes that rocked Chitungwiza’s St Mary’s suburb this Saturday morning, where suspected opposition youths stoned a Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) bus, barricaded roads and besieged several shopping centres in the area.
Speaking to ZBCNews, witnesses said the picketers congregated outside Chigovanyika Shopping Centre before barricading roads using rocks and burning tyres. The youths began attacking vehicles, forcing shops and informal businesses to close.
A ZUPCO bus was also stoned, causing substantial damage to its windscreen. According to witnesses, the violence was seemingly planned as it quickly spread to other parts of the town.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner, Paul Nyathi said the youths had been mobilised by some senior opposition party officials.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police condemns acts of violence by unruly youths who were mobilised to engage in disturbances at Chigovanyika in St Mary’s, Huruyadzo Shops and Zengeza 2 Shops in Chitungwiza this morning (Saturday),” he said.
He warned members of the public against acts of violence, intimidation or harassment of innocent individuals, groups and businesspersons.