Monday, 18 April 2016

ZANU PF HOOLIGANS DISRUPT PARLY HEARINGS

PUBLIC hearings into the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill (NPRC) in Chinhoyi and Bulawayo stalled over the weekend following alleged disruptions by suspected rogue Zanu PF supporters.

In both incidents, ruling party supporters attended the events wearing Zanu PF regalia in contravention of parliamentary rules.

In Bulawayo, the meeting had to be called off on Saturday due to security concerns, after youths clad in Zanu PF regalia, were seen milling around the venue, Holiday Inn.

Former Home Affairs deputy minister Ziyambi Ziyambi is alleged to have incited the Chinhoyi violence after he gave Zanu PF youths beer and cash incentives to disrupt the proceedings.

“Parliamentary rules were broken and the meeting degenerated into chaos to the point that I lost control, I had no choice, but to abandon the meeting,” committee chairman, Damien Mumvuri said. All hell broke loose when a contributor, identified as Gift Konjana from Chegutu accused Ziyambi of sponsoring the tension in the meeting.

“The need to discuss peace and reconciliation in this country is more evident in the meeting because the high tensions show that we are a deeply divided people, I can also see a committee member here, who is pushing an agenda and is fueling tensions by clapping and behaving as a kid to people, who are disrupting the meeting,” he said, before Zanu PF supporters broke into song and dance disrupting the meeting.

Ziyambi denied having funded the Zanu PF youths, but said they had expressed their democratic right by toyi-toying during the meeting, adding he supported the stance taken by his fellow party members.

“There is a thin line between expressing one’s self and emotion and these people, who I represent in Parliament, expressed their emotions and how they felt, I share those emotions and it is them who shape me,” he said.

Ziyambi denied allegations that he had paid the youths to disrupt the meeting.

“I am not sure about the funding, but what I know is we have had people following us from Masvingo, Mutare, Marondera, sending text messages to members of the public on what to say about the Bill and because I am from Mashonaland West my people have also come and spoken,” he said. newsday

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