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POLICE in Harare have arrested Zanu PF Harare youth leader Godwin Gomwe and five other party officials fingered in the abuse of the First Lady Grace Mugabe’s name to extort money from 10 housing cooperatives in the city.

Zanu PF sources said Saturday Gomwe and five of his colleagues were picked up from their Harare homes in the early hours of Saturday and were taken to Harare central police station.

“They were arrested this morning and they are being charged for extortion,” said the source who declined to be named.

Gomwe, Hariwandi Munyawiri and Mucheneripi Mupindu are among the group said to have approached housing cooperatives in the Glen Norah high density suburb demanding amounts of up to $25,000.

The youths claimed that land allocated to the housing cooperatives by the city February last year in fact belonged to President Mugabe’s wife and Zanu PF adding they had been tasked to collect payment on their behalf.

According to a letter written to the party leadership by the cooperatives, the Zanu PF youths first demanded $120 from each housing cooperatives which they said was destined for State House as Grace’s payment.

They went on to demand lump sums of $10,000 which they said was intended to finance projects for the party’s youth league and a further $25,000 for party women.

It later turned out this was a scam, leading to their arrests.

Efforts to confirm the arrests from both police and Zanu PF were unsuccessful.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba and Zanu PF’s Simon Khaya Moyo’s mobiles were not reachable.

However, an attempt to call Gomwe on his mobile later in the day did not bear any fruit as his phone was picked by someone who denied he was the controversial Zanu PF youth leader and also refused to state his whereabouts.

Gomwe has professed his innocence in a Saturday newspaper story.

It is not the first time untouchable Zanu PF supporters have been accused of using the revolutionary party’s name to extort money from fearful citizens.

Gomwe’s predecessor Jim Kunaka has often been accused of extorting money from market stall operators, parking bays and bus operators at Mbare Musika without being arrested.

Source : New Zimbabwe