Of Zanu-Pf Youths Responding To Madzibaba Violence

A group of Zanu-Pf affiliated youths on Monday went to the shrine where members of  the Johannes Masowe eChishanu were involved in running battles with the police and pretty much desecrated the place.

Youths burn material at Budiriro shrine in solidarity with people attacked by Mapostori -  Photo Aaron Ufumeli/NewsDay Zimbabwe

Youths burn material at Budiriro shrine in solidarity with people attacked by Mapostori – Photo Aaron Ufumeli/NewsDay Zimbabwe

They carried placards castigating the vaPostori for their action and saying this was violence directly against President Robert Mugabe. They proceeded to burn material they found at the grounds in Budiriro 2.

Now let it be said without equivocation that the violence perpetrated by those involved in the attacks on police officers, journalists and ACCZ officials is awful and cannot be justified. Our thoughts on this are very clear.

However the action by the Zanu-pf youths, 100 of them, cannot be left without condemnation either. That these youths can be seen to carry matters into their own hands because they do not like an action is improper at best.

A lack of action by the authorities What this means is that the next time someone raises the ire of the State,even in a situation justified as this one, anyone can claim to be a Zanu-pf youth and say that they are acting on behalf of the , party, in national interest so to speak.

It must be said though, that there is nothing that suggests that the action was sanctioned by the party. However leaving things of this nature unchecked means Zanu-pf open to this sort of behaviour being associated with it.

In this instance it is political extremism reacting to religious fanaticism.

This time it was the destruction of property. What next?