ZanuPF has accused the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party of playing politics and causing the latest Glen View complex fire on Sunday.
The fire gutted down property worth thousands of dollars, leaving traders counting losses. For the past few years, the carpentry and furniture centre goes up in flames under unclear circumstances.
Glen View Area 8 ZANU PF political commissar Clever Makotore said his party strongly suspects that CCC is using the fires to gain political mileage at the expense of traders.
“There have been strong suspicions politics could be at play because every time there is a fire we see the council coming in trying to evict people and take over. This complex was given to the people by ZANU PF and we know that the CCC doesn’t want our party in here and they will use these excuses to push us out,” Makptore said.
His sentiments were echoed by the complex chairman, a ZanuPF supports, Claudious Mtongwizo who pushed the blame on the opposition and accused it of wanting to take over the site which he said belongs to ZanuPF
“As you know the council is run by the opposition but this complex is by Zanu PF, so the opposition wants excuses to take over this complex. If they want to fix anything they can do it while we are there, they do it in phases otherwise we are not going anywhere. This complex belongs to us and the party (ZANU PF,” Mtongwizo said.
However, CCC local councillor Denford Ngadziore denied claims that the opposition was behind the arson.
“These are the space barons who are resisting the council to put in fire hydrants and other necessary essentials for their benefit and safe operating environment. Despite their protests, there is no going back on the council’s plans to ensure there is sanity.”