ZANU PF FORCE MARCHED US : BYO VENDORS newsdzeZimbabweNewsdzeZimbabwe

BULAWAYO road distributors yesterday accused Zanu PF of
force-marching them to the Independence Day celebrations held at Barbourfields

When NewsDay visited fifth Avenue, distributors alongside that road
confirmed the developments.

“At round 7-8am buses with Zanu PF folks got here and compelled
all of the distributors to board the buses and go to the stadium. Some, due to
concern, boarded the buses,” a vendor mentioned.

“We needed to shut our wares with plastics in order that they may
not get moist or stolen. Some distributors rapidly rushed again residence fearing the Zanu
PF members would come again.”

StreetWise Casual Merchants Affiliation director Percy
Mcijo mentioned politicians ought to cease abusing folks.

“It’s a unhappy scenario to have distributors pressured to attend
Independence Day celebrations. The issue is that {the marketplace} the place these
distributors are sited is unlawful and Zanu PF positioned them there. The Bulawayo Metropolis
Council denied distributors entry to that space, but it surely was Zanu PF that positioned them
illegally. Regardless of the causes, they need to cease abusing folks,” Mcijo mentioned.

He mentioned it was unlucky that the ruling occasion was taking
benefit of individuals because of the poverty prevailing within the nation.

“Individuals are doing unlawful issues each time not as a result of
they wish to, however due to the scenario within the nation. Authorities ought to
enhance the scenario within the nation so that folks don’t endure like this,”
he added.

It has turn out to be norm that individuals are bussed by political
events to attend political occasions.

Zanu PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa was not
reachable for touch upon his cellular yesterday.

This was the primary time since Independence in 1980 that the
celebrations have been held in Bulawayo. Newsday

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