By Tichaona Sibanda
31 January 2013
The KweKwe based terror group, Al-Shabab, on Thursday forced the abandonment of a meeting in Mbizo called to discuss the draft of a new constitution.
Many in the group, allegedly bankrolled by ZANU PF, wore party regalia emblazoned with pictures Robert Mugabe. They stormed a meeting convened by the Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) to debate issues contained in draft constitution, before it is put to a referendum.
The meeting at Mbizo Youth Centre had attracted over 100 residents from the neighborhood. CCDZ advocacy officer George Makoni told SW Radio Africa the marauding group was forthright in their demands that they didn’t want any organization to give an independent view of the new charter.
‘They simply didn’t want us to discuss the new constitution with the residents of Mbizo, saying the government is the authority that had the mandate to do so. We tried to explain that this was the job of NGO’s but it fell on deaf eyes and ended up threatening me,’ Makoni said.
He said the youths sang revolutionary songs and chanted ZANU PF slogans while at the same time singing songs denigrating Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
‘They warned the participants that if they attend such meetings they will experience the return of the June 2008 violence. It was clear the group’s actions were meticulously planned,’ Makoni added.
The CCDZ made a report to the police who promised to look into the disturbances. The activities of ‘Al-Shabab’ have heightened tensions in Kwekwe and many people suspect ZANU PF is reviving its terror campaign groups countrywide, ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections expected in a few months.
Some of the party’s infamous militia groups include “Chipangano” in Harare, “Top Six” in Chinhoyi, ‘Jochomondo’ in Hurungwe, ‘Jambanja’ in Marambapfungwe and now Al-Shabab in Kwekwe.