Stoke-piles of goods worth more than US$300 000 were gutted by fire last night at Mbare Siyaso Home Industry in a suspected petrol bomb attack that is politically motivated as cases of Zanu PF supporters being attacked by suspected MDC supporters continue to increase throughout the country.
According to the security guards, they heard a loud sound which they suspected to be a petrol bomb while conducting their routine patrols around 2 am.
The shops exploded into a ball of fire, destroying stockpiles of goods and building materials that included planks, doors and hardboards, among other hardware that were being sold in the Mbare Home Industry Shops.
A shop belonging to Zanu PF DCC 6 Chairperson, Cde Joshua Gore, is among the several that were gutted by fire in suspected politically motivated petrol bombing by MDC supporters and observers believe it was the target.
Addressing Zanu PF supporters in Mbare after viewing the fire gutted shops, Zanu PF shadow MP for the area and Deputy Secretary for Indigenisation in the ZANU PF Politburo, Cde Tendai Savanhu lamented the arson suspected to be the work of MDC that destroyed goods worthy thousands of dollars saying the act is meant to reverse the gains of the empowerment drive that Zanu PF is championing.
He however, urged Zanu PF youths and supporters not to retaliate.
â€œWe do not believe in violence so as Zanu PF members do not retaliate but wait for the law to take its course considering that opposition supporters would like to provoke Zanu PF youths and supporters so that if they retaliate, they will be labeled as a violent party thereby discrediting the constitution process and finally the election process,â€ Cde Savanhu said.
â€œIt is sad to note that the opposition MDC is fighting and inflicting violence on fellow black Zimbabweans, which is in total contrast with the principles of Zanu PF as a revolutionary party that fought for the liberation and empowerment of the black majority,â€ he added.
He said the Siyaso Home Industry businesses were put in place by Zanu PF after the realisation that the country was under sanctions and people needed to be empowered to start their own businesses to survive and sustain their families.
Turning to the recent violence that rocked the city which saw MDC-T supporters threatening to bring business to a standstill in the city, Cde Savanhu said Zimbabweans should be open minded and remain vigilant not to be used and persuaded by MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, who made statements encouraging Zimbabweans to launch an Egypt-Tunisia style rebellion against the government.
In an interview DCC 6 Chairperson, Cde Joshua Gore said in the past weeks, the Zanu PF leadership in the area was receiving a number of threats from opposition supporters.
Other Mbare Siyaso Home Industry shop owners who had their shops destroyed said the culprits should be brought to book.
The Zanu PF youths later had a march in protest against violence that is being inflicted on their partyâ€™s supporters.
In the past few weeks, a wave of violence recently rocked high density areas such as Mbare, Epworth and Chitungwiza.
Observers say last nightâ€™s attack on business clearly indicates that the opposition is set to continue with its violent acts so as to discredit the country to the international community.