The controversial programme that is being spearheaded by Savior Kasukuwere, the Zanu (PF) minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, seeks to take over some foreign-owned companies and give them to black Zimbabweans.
The Zanu (PF) youths, with instructions from Joseph Chinotimba and William Mutomba, stepped up pressure on MDC-T with a march through Murambinda Growth Point last week issuing an ultimatum to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to support indigenization.
The Zanu (PF) youths said PM Tsvangirai should call for the removal of Western sanctions and they said his party should embrace indigenization. The youths gave him until the end of this year to call for so-called ‘sanctions’ to be lifted and said he should support indigenization or "risk action from the youths of Zimbabwe".
"We are not afraid of him (Tsvangirai). We can finish him off within a few minutes. He should support indigenization whether he likes or not. We took over the farms now we will not stop taking over the companies," said an overzealous Zanu (PF) youth who was only identified as Mukono.
The Tsvangirai wing of the MDC in Buhera district condemned the apparent threat against the Prime Minister, and called for the arrest of those behind the ultimatum.
They said the statements issued by the Zanu (PF) youth wing were tantamount to inciting violence and should be taken seriously.
Known MDC activists in the area have gone into hiding alleging harassment and intimidation by a panel of Zanu (PF) top military and security officials in the Buhera area.
Human rights activists and analysts in Manicaland said such episodes of violence and intimidation reflected determination on the part of Zanu (PF) to dominate the political space with national elections on the horizon.Post published in: News