|Touts assault Zanu-PF district chair|
|Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:00|
Zanu-PF chairman for Chadcombe- Msasa district was yesterday assaulted at the Fourth Street rank by touts popularly known as “mandimbandimba”.
Cde Itai Badze was assaulted after he confronted the touts at around 1pm after they increased fees the collect from kombi crews.
Cde Badze was accompanied by Chiremba Road Commuter Operators Association members who protested against the money charged by the touts.
“That is not the behaviour of someone from our party. The President is on record condemning violence and the party never sanctioned that people lose hard earned money and it is totally against empowerment.
“We know their boss pockets thousands a day and pay runners every day. That has to stop because they are stealing from people who are afraid of confronting them because of alleged connections.”
“He cannot do anything to us because even some kombis belonging to senior members in Government are paying us. The people know that we exist and they do not have powers to chase us.”
Chiremba Road Operators member, Mr Taengwa Chanonga, said they were being victimised after trying to stop the touts from collecting money.
Police spokesperson Chief Inspector James Sabau, yesterday said they were meeting stakeholders to resolve the issue, adding he was yet to receive Cde Badze’s assault case.
“We intend to meet all stakeholders this week including council and operators and come up with a tangible solution.