ZNA colonel threatens private newspapers

Notorious Zimbabwe National Army Colonel, Charles Muresherwa, has threatened to confiscate privately owned newspapers from Chimanimani villagers who are seen reading them by Zanu (PF) youths.

Addressing a party meeting at Mhakwe primary school on Saturday, Muresherwa also warned civil servants in the area, particularly teachers, not to bring papers such as the Daily News, The Zimbabwean and Newsday to the area.

“Muresherwa lied to villagers that there was drought relief meeting at Mhakwe primary school. The meeting turned out to be a Zanu (PF) campaign meeting where he accused the private media of writing lies about Zanu (PF). He said the villagers should only read newspapers in the Zimpapers stable,” said a teacher who attended the meeting.

Another teacher who was present said Muresherwa had instructed Zanu (PF) youths in the area to confiscate all independent newspapers from anyone seen reading them.

“Kombi drivers are no longer willing to buy the independent papers for us. They are only comfortable transporting the Manica Post and Herald,” said the teacher who refused to be named for fear of victimisation. He pledged to bring copies of the Herald, Sunday Mail and Manica Post every week to the area as part of his campaign gimmick.

Muresherwa, the aspiring MP for Chimanimani East, has been moving door–to–door in the area with armed soldiers asking the villagers’ political allegiance.

In February this year Zanu (PF) youths, allegedly on the colonel’s Instructions, torched several huts of MDC supporters in Cashel Valley.

During the run up to the discredited March 2008 elections Muresherwa moved around the constituency brandishing an AK 47 rifle and intimidating MDC supporters.

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