ZVISHAVANE – In a typical woman of the people gesture, ZPF leader Joyce Mujuru made a surprise visit to Zvishavane last week on Friday and walked through the streets before addressing touts and vendors in the open.
Her visit came barely three weeks after MDC T leader Morgan Tsvangirai's meet with the opinion leaders' tour in the district.
Mujuru dropped off at the Masvingo Road Bus Stop and walked across to Mandava Terminus where she addressed vendors, touts and residents of Mandava at a banana market.
Mujuru who was in the company of her security details said she was going to take serious measures against Police corruption if she gets elected into power next year.
The gathering had said that they were living in hell due to Police corruption and 'theft'. Some described the Police road blocks as being put in place just to seize people's money and surrender it to Government coffers that are running dry because of a collapsing economy.
"Hatina rugare nemapurisa muno muZvishavane. Havasisina chimwe chavanoita kuchengetedza vanhu asi kutibira paroad nemumisika. (We have no peace with the police. They have nothing else to do except to set up road blocks and fleece us of our money)," said Gogo Esther Moyo.
"This nuisance by the Police will stop by 2018 if you vote for me in office. The police must protect the public as law enforcers not to steal from them. The end to corruption is our (ZimPF) key priority for there cannot be economic development in the midst of lawlessness," said Mujuru.
Mujuru left after the short address and went into town where she mingled with the public for a few minutes before leaving for Bulawayo.
Two Zvishavane residents' associations are planning to demonstrate against the large number of Police road blocks that are being mounted in the town.
Zvishavane Residents and Ratepayers' Association secretary general John Mugabe confirmed the development and told The Mirror in an interview that they were now taking their grievances to the street.
"Police roadblocks are like mushrooms in Zvishavane. It is now a criminal offence to own a vehicle because every day you are charged for a different offense. Imagine that one has to go through three roadblocks along a distance of five kilometers from Makwasha to town. We are going to demonstrate against such," said Mugabe.
Police has been given a target to raise $79 million in the 2017 National Budget announced by the Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa.news