A Zanu-PF youth was yesterday assaulted in Mbare by youths believed to be aligned to former Harare provincial youth chairperson, Cde Jimu Kunaka, for wearing a T-shirt bearing the picture of the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe.
The incident occurred at Mbare Musika bus terminus at around noon and the victim, Cde Margaret Muganhu, was also accused of being a ‘sell-out’.
The matter was reported at Mbare Musika Police Post under case number RRB 2252983.
In an interview yesterday, Cde Muganhu said she was approached by more than 12 party supporters led by Reason Mabhibhe, the chairperson of Julius Nyerere District in Mbare, who is aligned to Cde Kunaka.
“He accused me of being a sell-out and questioned why I was wearing a T-shirt with the First Lady’s picture,” she said. “He then started assaulting me while his colleagues were tearing the T-shirt.”
Cde Muganhu alleged that Mabhibhe also took away $50 cash from another youth, Cde Godwin Mudzamiri. Zanu-PF Harare provincial youth vice chairperson, Cde Edson Takataka, said he arrived later at the police post after being phoned by Cde Muganhu.
“When I arrived, Jimu also arrived at the police post with more than 15 women who are party supporters and they were shouting obscene language against the First Lady,” he said. “Jimu also said he was still the party’s youth chairman and nothing would happen to him.”
Cde Takataka said he phoned the provincial youth chairman Cde Godwin Gomwe who told them to vacate the area and they complied.
In August, Cde Takataka was severely assaulted by party youths in Mbare for supporting Dr Mugabe’s endorsement for the post of Secretary for the Women’s League.
Cde Takataka was allegedly set upon by a mob in the presence of Mbare legislator and Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Tendai Savanhu at a constituency meeting in the suburb.