THE Zanu PF provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting which was being held at Marymount Teachers College in Mutare turned into chaos yesterday when armed police stormed the venue and teargassed ruling party supporters and arrested several others.
Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chairman Mike Madiro escaped in a huff as party supporters tried in vain to corner him into addressing them on various issues. Madiro stands accused of imposing candidates ahead of the Zanu PF provincial elections likely to be held at the end of the year.
He is vying to retain the provincial seat byt is being challenged by Makoni DCC chairperson Albert Nyakuedzwa and Chipinge South MP Enock Porusingazi.
The ruling party last month postponed the polls following an outbreak of violence.
Pandemonium started when the demonstrators were denied entry into the venue by armed police who were guarding the place in anticipation of violence. Tension surged when the protesters then tried to block Madiro from leaving the premises, saying he should address them before leaving.
A ruling party member identified as Mutare district co-ordinating committee (DCC) secretary for youth affairs, Danmore Mambondiyani, openly told Madiro to address the aggrieved members outside the college premises since police would not allow them in.
Madiro spurned the demands and left the college in a huff, after which riot police pounced on the demonstrators.
Zanu PF Manicaland women’s league boss Happiness Nyakuedzwa sought refuge in the kitchen of a nearby fuel service station.
“Yes, the violence happened and we are now being taken to Mutare Central Police Station along with three other members,” Mambondiyani confirmed the skirmishes.
Among some of the people, who were assaulted by the police, was Zanu PF Manicaland committee member Guy Mutasa.