MDC co-Home Affairs Minister barred from entering constituency by terrorists

Harare, – Rowdy crowds suspected to be Zanu (PF) supporters recently blocked co-Home Affairs minister Theresa Makone from entering her Hatcliffe constituency saying she represented a government that expires on February 15.\r\n

Makone failed to get protection from police officers who fall under her Ministry and had to retreat after the violent supporters threatened her.

A member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, she had gone to the poor constituency to assess progress of the school and market she is building in the area using the Constituency Development Fund. She was accompanied by deputy mayor and councillor of the area, Emmanuel Chiroto.

The incident resulted in the brief detention of 14 council employees who had been sent by the local authority to restore sanity.

The supporters believed to be linked to the former Member of Parliament for the area, Zanu (PF) official, Nyasha Chikwinya, fenced off the incomplete market to keep Makone and Chiroto at bay.

They told them that their terms of office for the government of national unity would expire on February 15 and the two would revert to being members of the opposition and Zanu (PF) will become the sole ruling party.

President Robert Mugabe in 2009 formed unity government with the MDC formations led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Arthur Mutambara.

According to the Global Political Agreement (GPA), the performance of the coalition comes under review next month. Mugabe has publicly said he does not want the life span of the new government extended.

The disturbances in Hatcliffe dominated debate at Harare Council’s first meeting of the year held on Thursday with the mayor Muchadei Masunda saying the situation was getting out of hand. Masunda told councillors that on Wednesday he had met Local Government, Urban and Rural Development minister Ignatius Chombo over the disturbances.