ZANU-PF youths sentenced to 7 years for burning ZUPCO bus
RULING ZANU-PF party youth leaders who were behind the acts of violence during the #ShutdownZimbabwe Protests were sent to prison for between 5-7 years for burning down a ZUPCO bus.
Emmanuel Chari who was leading the crowd and actually drove the bus before burning it was sentenced to 7 years in prison while the rest of his accomplices were sentenced to 5 years in prison each.
The convicted felons are Benson Bhobho, Zanu PF youth league chairperson for Ward 40 in Whitecliff together with members of his executive, Charles Bengeza, Shylock Chihuri, Emmanuel Chari, Cassim Muzhingi.
Harare Magistrate Elijah Makomo threw the book at the ruling party youths after convicting them of burning the bus.
Part of the court parts used during the trial said: “Pursuant to their plan, the accused stopped a Zupco bus which was proceeding to Harare and ordered the bus crew and all passengers to disembark.
“Emmanuel Chari drove the bus (off) the road and parked it about 40 metres (away), where he and his colleagues set it on fire…
“The accused looted various groceries from the shop and set ablaze a Mitsubishi pick-up truck which was parked at the service station, leaving it to burn to ashes.”
The police recovered some of the looted items from the homes of the Zanu-PF leaders. The government which has been blaming the violence which took place on the MDC Alliance, the ZCTU and civic society organisations will be hard pressed to explain this development.