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Retired army officer arrested for invasion


Zowa (59) was arrested by police last week for evicting Naik Jayanti from her house in Khumalo suburb and later renting out the property.
He appeared before Bulawayo Magistrate Tawanda Muchenwa on Thursday on charges of unlawful entry.

Zowa, who is represented by Hlabezulu Malinga and Job Sibanda and Associates, was remanded out of custody on US$100 bail to October 12. He evicted Jayanti on September 10 last month charging that he had many properties when many blacks in the city did not have accommodation.

His arrest comes barely a week after police in the city also arrested a number of Zanu-PF youths, among them, the party’s youth league secretary for economic affairs, Fundani Dewa, for allegedly grabbing buildings from whites and Indians in Bulawayo.

The arrests and eviction of Zanu PF youths from buildings they grabbed has however, sparked divisions among members of the provincial executive.

Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairman, Isaac Dakamela, publicly disowned the youths as criminals while other senior provincial party members are said to be against the arrest of their party cadres.

The arrests have triggered fresh attempts by angry Zanu PF youths to remove Dakamela from power, accusing him of protecting interests of members of the white community.

Zowa  backs Mugabe for presidency

The former ZNA officer, Zowa, recently said his organisation backs President Robert Mugabe in upcoming elections and insisted on removal of sanctions to guarantee free and fair polls.

“We want the elections to be held this year because there is a lot of discord and indecision in the inclusive government, but if they are held before the illegal economic sanctions are removed, the outcome will not be fair,” Zowa recently said.

Zowa, who runs a number of businesses in the city, including Jameson Pool and Construction Company, was also ordered to report twice a week on Mondays and Fridays to Donnington Police Station and not to interfere with state witnesses.

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