Job Sikhala mobilises youths to defend Chin’ono goat project as Zanu PF youths threaten to seize livestock

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By Mandipa Masenyama

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) deputy chairperson, Job Sikhala, claimed Saturday to have mobilised scores of people to sleep at journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono’s Murehwa home.

The move follows threats by ruling Zanu PF party youths, led by one Taurai Kandishaya, to invade and forcibly take possession of part of Chin’ono’s livestock.

Chin’ono runs a goat project at his Murehwa village near Mukarakate.

According to his lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, the journalist is currently out of the country

A news article flighted by state broadcaster ZBC alleging Chin’ono fraudulently took possession of a State sponsored goat project meant for villagers ignited the current fight.

The report accused the journalist of benefiting from government’s Command Agriculture.

Said Sikhala on Twitter; “I have decided to join other citizens who have volunteered to be at Chin’ono’s village near Mukarakate in Murehwa to defend one of our citizens under attack from the regime.

“I have mobilised more volunteers. Tonorarika ko (we will sleep there). This nonsense has to be stopped once and for all.”

Chin’ono has been under attack from government surrogates for laying into the President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime over its human rights record and failure to address social service challenges.

He was this week forced to share receipts of the initial 35 goats he imported from South Africa to dispel allegations by ZBC.

Chin’ono said he had instructed his farm workers to comply with whatever Zanu PF youths will demand of them.

“The Zanu PF thug, Taurai Kandishaya, plans to loot my property on Sunday. I have instructed my workers not to fight with anyone, let them take,” said Chin’ono.

His lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa has since written to the police demanding they investigate the matter before the Zanu PF youths invade the project.