POLICE in Insiza this week arrested scores of members from the National Youth Service and two brothers of the Zanu PF candidate in the March 31 election after they stoned an MDC campaign team that was putting up posters in the constituenc
y on Monday night.
The youths, travelling in Zanu PF trucks and other vehicles allegedly belonging to the Zanu PF candidate for Insiza , Andrew Langa, also tore down MDC posters that were put up by the opposition all over the constituency.
Police spokesman, Wayne Bvudzijena, promised to provide details on the incident but could not be contacted by the time of going to press.
An MDC youth, Thembekile Moyo (22), was seriously injured when he was struck with a stone while putting up posters for the MDC candidate, Siyabonga Malandu Ncube.
Ncube, who was travelling together with his campaign team, said the Zanu PF supporters followed him for a long distance tearing down posters before blocking and stoning his team.
“The Zanu PF supporters, led by Langa’s brothers Dan and Sindiso, were following us in a Peugeot 306 and a Mazda pick-up truck belonging to Andrew Langa, and they were pulling down our posters and later on they ambushed our supporters and started hurling stones at my team, seriously injuring one of our party youths,” Ncube said.
Ncube further alleged that the two Langa brothers were carrying guns when the incident occurred.
Andrew Langa denied that he was present when the skirmishes occurred.
“The allegations are baseless because on the day in question I was in Harare attending a meeting with my officers up to very late into the night. In any case I am too mature to be involved in poster-tearing acts,” said Langa.
During the last by-election for the constituency last year Langa is alleged to have shot and injured an MDC activist but was not arrested. — Staff Writer.