ZANU PF councillor Masimbi Masimbi for Nyatsime in Chitungwiza has ordered all residents in the area to attend a rally set to be addressed by President Mnangagwa on Wednesday.
Masimbi made headlines two weeks ago when he banned Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activists from mourning their murdered colleague Moreblessing Ali while wearing CCC party regalia claiming that the Nyatsime area was a ZANU PF territory.
The ban resulted in clashes between CCC and ZANU PF supporters during which some homes were burnt while some people lost their lives. NewsDay reports that there is audio sent on the WhatsApp group “Regularise Nyatsime Trust 2” on Saturday in which Masimbi, who is Ward 9 (Nyatsime) councillor, said he was targeting an attendance of 20 000 people. Masimbi is quoted as saying:
I have come back again Nyatsime residents. I want to speak firmly on this issue. We are expecting the President on June 29. We want to shock the nation by a high turnout as we welcome our President. We want to show him that we are behind him, we will vote for him. Five million votes will come from this area.
We need to show him that we are his children and everyone needs title deeds. His visit and that of the whole province is a big blessing to the ward. That day, schools should close for people to go and welcome our President and prove that five million votes can come out of Nyatsime.
NewsDay reports that Masimbi’s message was not received well by some residents who said this kind of communication should have been done in a ZANU PF WhatsApp group.
Masimbi is said to have replied saying, “I did not speak politics, I said let’s go and welcome the country’s President and tell him our concerns which made this group to be created such as the issue of title deeds.”