ZIMBABWE: Zanu PF youths assault journalist
Albert Masaka a journalist with the weekly Standard newspaper was on 18 June 2016 reportedly assaulted by ruling Zanu PF youths who were on the rampage in Harare’s dormitory town of Chitungwiza.
According to the Standard, the youths, armed with stones and sticks, slapped and kicked Masaka before taking his bag and other valuables. Members of the riot police rescued him from the assault resulting in the youths fleeing from the scene.
The youths also attacked Zengeza West MP Simon Chidhakwa and several other residents including Masaka, who were on their way to attend a police sanctioned constituency meeting. Officer commanding Chitungwiza District Chief Superintendent Ndou urged victims of the assaults to report the matter to the police.
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