By Bruce Chahwanda
The ruling ZANU PF party says the violence which rocked Kwekwe last weekend was stage-managed by the CCC for the United States and its allies to renew economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.
The ruling party is convinced that the violence, which claimed one life, was orchestrated by Triple C leader Nelson Chamisa for the attention of Western nations to renew sanctions imposed on the country.
Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa, ZANU PF’s Secretary for Information and Publicity, said: “Violence in Kwekwe… investigations are ongoing. We cannot not as a party be accused by social media; it shows that it was a pre-meditated agenda. Violence was caused by their leaders in the MDC. Commanding his youths to drive others out… We are witnessing yellow. It’s a warning that they should desist from thinking they would take law into their own hands.”
He asked: “Why does this always happen in February for the past 20 years? Every February EU, US, they renew sanctions so there was an effort that something happens in February for the past 20 years and this is not meant for Zimbabwe people, it’s a message for handlers. Chamisa parrots the message of puppetry and ZANU PF has nothing to do with violence in Kwekwe.”
ZANU PF National Political Commissar, Dr Mike Bimha weighed in: “We are pleased that the public has been coming in numbers to hear the President. The violence which took place a day after, we still don’t know what happened, but we can safely say that there is no violence and the party is clear, but the opposition has been threatening violence, street demonstrations. ZANU PF has a solid ideology and policies which are bearing fruit.”
The ruling party says its leadership will this weekend be out in full force across the country campaigning and advancing the developmental story of the Second Republic ahead of the 26 March by-elections.
“Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga will be in Pumula in Bulawayo and upgrading of residential areas, revival of industries will be the message, while ZANU PF Vice President, Cde Kembo Mohadi will be in Tsholotsho, Mat North,” Dr Bimha said.
Added Ambassador Mutsvangwa: “Winning the hearts and minds of electorate is where our focus is as well as the ballot box. That is why you see the President going the length and breadth of the nation. We want to harvest votes in these areas. We have what it takes and giving them a stake in urban property. Title deeds will be issued way before 26th of March to urban dwellers. We have a date for that.”
Zimbabwe has been under economic sanctions for the past two decades at the behest of the opposition, with the US and its Western Allies renewing these sanctions every year hence the conviction that the Kwekwe incident was not in isolation.