Zanu (PF) extorts money for Independence celebrations

Mini bus operators here last week appealed to the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) to stop Zanu (PF) from extorting money from them to pay for Independence Day celebrations.

Zimbabwe marked Independence Day yesterday to commemorate the country’s freedom from British colonial rule in 1980.

“On Monday we called the co-chairperson of JOMIC, Tabitha Khumalo to come and see these youths robbing money,” said an operator who decline to be named.

Zanu (PF) last week forced the mini bus operators to pay $3 daily to the party youths controlling the city ranks.

“Zanu (PF) youths in party regalia visited us on Easter Friday. They demanded that we pay a daily fee of $3 to the youths which they claimed will be used for independence celebrations,” said one mini-bus operator.

He said this meant that Zanu (PF) was collecting $60 a day from the more than 20 operators at the rank he operates from.

Khumalo said she will take up the matter with her colleagues in JOMIC after she investigated the operators’ allegations.

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