By Nkanyiso Ncube
VICE President Emmerson Mnangangwa yesterday rubbished claims that people are forced to attend Zanu PF rallies.
Responding to a question raised by Mutare Central legislator Innocent Gonese on whether it was government policy to shutdown business when Zanu PF was holding its star rallies, Mnangangwa said there was no such policy and if there was anyone who was forced there are free to approach the courts of law.
“I would like to inform the House that it is not Zanu PF policy to force people to attend Zanu PF rallies. If anybody who has a relative who was forced, the courts are open for them to say, ‘I was forced to go to a Zanu PF rally.
“We do not force people to attend our rallies. Thirdly, we have no policy both as Government as well as Zanu PF to force people to stop their businesses because there is a rally. People must eat and work and it is our policy that people must work and earn a living. I thank you,” he said.
The question was raised following reports that Zanu PF had threatened to shut down all businesses in Manicaland for the June 16 ‘Presidential Youth Interface’ meeting to be held at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.
Contrary to what Mnangagwa said in Parliament, Manicaland Provincial Youth Chairman, Mubuso Chinguno had declared that the province would shut down on June 16.
“We are declaring that no one is going to work on June 16 in the province. All roads should lead to Sakubva Stadium.
“No soccer match will be held on the day. Vendors, you should not sell anything, we need you to be at Sakubva. We have put in place structures to mobilise for the event. We want all districts to come in their numbers. We need fuel to transport people to the rally,” Chinguno said