The rally was held to discuss the issue of the party’s constitution ahead of the congress, and also to advise supporters about Zapu’s position on the constitution- making process.
The rally had just started when gangs of Zanu (PF) youths stormed the venue, turning tables upside down, sending delegates and officials scurrying for cover.
However, delegates, residents and Zapu youths teamed up to prevent the hired Zanu (PF) youths from beating the party’s officials.
Party supporters, who numbered about 500, later regrouped and pursued the youths and managed to apprehend some of them. The youths were assaulted and handed over to the police.
Alderman Charles Mpofu, a Zapu official, told ***The Zimbabwean that the party suspected that the ‘thugs’ were Zanu (PF) youths who had been hired for the purpose of disruption.
“The revival of the party is irreversible as shown here by the bumper crowd, said Mpofu. It’s clear to anyone that these are Zanu (PF) youths hired to disrupt our function. Anyone who thinks we are an agent of another party should get lost.
Police sources said the arrested thugs would appear in court before Friday.Post published in: Politics