Zanu PF youth assaults Kwekwe journalist


…terror group Al Shabbab castigated amid growing violence

…a one notorious Petros fingered in the attack


A daring Zanu PF youth who is infamously known for his notoriety physically attacked a Kwekwe-based journalist at the ruling party’s district headquarters as political violence continues to rear its ugly head in the Midlands mining town.

According to the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Mduduzi Masiya a photojournalist who works for a weekly community newspaper The Midlands Observer, was assaulted on March 1 this year, a development which has now become commonplace in Kwekwe, the hometown of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Masiya was in the company of journalists who were coming from a press briefing by former Mbizo legislator Vongaishe Mupereri after having covered the monthly clean-up campaign when he was attacked on March 1.

“Masiya says he went to the ZANU-PF’s Kwekwe headquarters to interview former Kwekwe legislator Vongai Mupereri, soon after covering the event in the city centre”, partly reads the statement from MISA.

“When Masiya was making his way out of the offices, he met an unidentified ZANU-PF youth who accused him of being an opposition party member. The youth league member, who could not be identified, went on to strike Masiya on the face with an open palm. The perpetrator allegedly backed down only after the intervention of Tapiwa Muto ZANU-PF’s (Midlands’ Youth League provincial secretary for education)”, said MISA.

But information gathered by midlandsnews indicates that the youth who struck Masiya is a one Petros, a well known Zanu PF youth who has reportedly turned the party’s district headquarters into a notorious torture camp. Journalists who were in the company of Masiya narrated the ordeal.

“We were actually driving out of the party premises when Petros approached us. He went straight to Masiya whom he accused of being a supporter of the opposition MDC and started poking at him before he slapped our colleague”, said the journalist.

Our sources also said that this was not the first time that Petros had been implicated in violence. At one time, he allegedly beat a local musician, Killaman, who he reportedly accused of selling the interdicted Diazepam pills. Petros is also alleged of having recently beaten up a small-scale miner at Gaika Mine after the motor-mouth Zanu PF youth had refused to defray the mining expenses his victim was owed.