By Staff Reporter
BULAWAYO: Two former Zanu PF legislators had their recently party vehicles seized by party youths after they defected to the opposition National Patriotic Front (NPF).
Linked to ex-president Robert Mugabe, NPF was formed by so-called G40 loyalists of the after the veteran leader was toppled by a military coup last November.
Former Pumula and Nkulumane MPs Godfrey Malaba and Killion Sibanda respectively also reportedly defected to the party which managed one legislative seat in the July 30 elections.
And Zanu PF youths responded by seizing their party-given Ford Everest vehicles which were issued to two in the run-up to the 2013 elections.
The ruling party’s Bulawayo administration secretary Eliphas Mashava confirmed the development in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.
“We have repossessed vehicles from two comrades in Bulawayo province who have crossed the floor to NPF,” he said.
“The vehicles are still party properties because the two have not finished paying for the cars.”
Sources said the vehicles were (violently) seized from the ex-MPs in central Bulawayo.
“The youths were violent when they impounded the vehicles from the two former parliamentarians,” said one party official.
“Some of the G40 members who benefitted from the party car scheme have hidden their vehicles and our youths have been looking for the vehicles.”
The former MPs were not immediately available for comment.