Suspected Zanu PF supporters are in court for allegedly blocking President Mnangagwa’s motorcade in Kwekwe CBD on Friday, New Zimbabwe reports.
According to the publication, the trio Tadzoka Nago (42), Stanely Zibako (37), and Honest Diura (47) is believed to be disgruntled by how President Mnangagwa’s party is handling the Kwekwe Central by-elections.
It is the state’s case that:
The trio was driving in an unregistered Honda CRV vehicle before parking it opposite OK Supermarket along E.D Mnangagwa Road.
A police officer, Clemence Mande then approached the trio and ordered it to drive off since it was obstructing the presidential motorcade, which was fast approaching. The three men refused to drive off telling the police officer they were also senior officials.
The police officer then tried to arrest them, but the men resisted and a scuffle ensued between Mande and the trio. Nago pushed and assaulted Mande on the back of the neck while Zibako manhandled the cop and grabbed him by his belt and Diura poked Mande on the forehead.
The men tried to force Mande into their vehicle but he resisted before they sped off while other vehicles were already stationary obeying strict orders from Mnangagwa’s advanced security team.
Diura drove his vehicle along E.D Mnangagwa Road, Kwekwe CBD and drove north up to Senderayi Roundabout Kwekwe, he then drove along Kwekwe Industrial Road where he proceeded against a red robot.
In the process, the trio bumped into Mnangagwa’s escort team riding on motorbikes that had already sealed off the E.D Mnangagwa Road for Mnangagwa’s motorcade to pass smoothly.
Two of the presidential motorbikes gave chase and caught up with the three men along Industrial Road leading to their arrest.
The suspected Zanu PF supporters appeared before Kwekwe Magistrate Samukelisiwe Gumbo facing charges of contravening the Road Traffic Act and assaulting a police officer. They were released on bail and will be back in court on 9 December. Factionalism is rocking the party in Kwekwe as they race to replace the NPF legislator Blackman Matambanadzo who died in July.