Police Go After Beitbridge Protestors

Police Go After Beitbridge Protestors
Published: 2016 July 03 06:07:40 (1926 Views)
Police are tracking down protestants that were involved in last Friday's Beitbridge riot, with 71 arrests already made.

Authorities suspect the involvement of a pressure group called "Tajamuka" in the Friday protest.

The characters under scrutiny were wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the the hashtag “Tajamuka”, while others had professionally printed banners denouncing Government’s decision to ban the bulk importation of certain commodities that are manufactured locally through Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016.

The T-shirts have been seen at street demonstrations by opposition political parties in recent months.

State Security Minister Kembo Mohadi told a local publication that 71 suspects were picked up on Friday night and were in Police custody last night.

Minister Mohadi – who is also the Beitbridge East National Assembly representative – said: “What do you want to achieve by burning infrastructure and private property? These criminals are not even from Beitbridge. Since time immemorial, that’s not how we solve grievances in the town. We suspect a third hand was involved in all that chaos.”

He also lashed out at the Zimbabwe Republic Police saying, “The police should have contained the situation on time. They had vital information which they could have used to prevent this from happening.

Beitbridge Town Council chair Showa Moyo weighed in: “The point is we will have to use ratepayers’ money to fix that damage. However, we don’t even get a grant from the money at the border post. We are worried these criminals are not even residents of this town and only came to create mayhem.”

Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders’ Association president Killer Zivhu, argued that the protestors were not cross-border traders.



- Sunday mail
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