Zanu PF MP asks to bash illicit brew traders

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Chegutu West legislator Dexter Nduna has asked to beat up people who sell illicit beer, accusing them of destroying the future of youths in his community.

He was speaking in parliament Wednesday while following up on a question asked to Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi by Hurungwe MP Cecil Kashiri on whether government had plans to come up with a policy to close companies that are making illicit brews.

In his response, Ziyambi, also speaking as leader of government business, said “all those found selling or brewing these illegal brews that are harming our people”.

He added, “…if they were in business of selling alcohol, if we catch them doing this, we will cancel their licences. We also want to introduce deterrent prison sentences for such practices.”

In a supplementary question, Nduna asked if it was possible to effect a citizen arrest on culprits and bash them in the process.

“My supplementary question is that some of the people involved in these illicit commodities seem to be aligned to the law enforcement agencies especially where I come from.

“We are still looking at means and ways to effect citizen’s arrest. Would it be possible honourable Minister for the resident, in particular where I come from, to expeditiously without fail, effect citizen’s arrest and mete instant justice to the people who have killed the youths in Chegutu West Constituency and in particular Zimbabwe in general in Ward 25,” he said.

However, Ziyambi could not buy the idea of beating up offenders, telling the legislator to hand them over to the police instead.

“I hear Hon. Nduna’s concerns and his appetite to ensure that we mobilise members of his constituency to arrest those that are in the business of brewing elicit beer.

“I agree with him the moment you notice that someone is doing this, apprehend him and hand him over to the police but do not beat them up,” he said.

Nduna is not new to violence.

The controversial lawmaker had a fierce bust-up with Norton legislator Temba Mliswa during heated exchanges at a mines and energy committee meeting in parliament 2019.

He was captured on phone video telling Mliswa he has killed many people and would deal with the firebrand MP for branding him a thief.

Nduna led a violent election campaign in Chegutu during the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

He was arrested during the party primary elections after firing shots at his opponent and supporters 2018.

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