Violence breaks out at MDC-T headquarters.
Violence broke out outside the MDC-T Harvest House headquarters in Harare on Saturday as party supporters allegedly assaulted party Deputy Treasurer General Elton Mangoma and other officials accused of seeking the ouster of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Earlier Tsvangirai had met over 210 provincial leaders in a meeting that was dogged by allegations that Mashonaland East chairman Piniel Denga, Tapfumaneyi Wunganai Muzoda (Organising Secretary) had barred Samuel Machekanyanga (Marondera East District Chair) from entering the building.
All hell broke loose when it was time to go home as the protestors outside were baying for Mangoma’s blood and allegedly assaulted him. Youth Assembly Secretary General Promise Mkwananzi was also assaulted while his boss Solomon Madzore was holed up in the building unable to leave.
Both Madzore and Mkwananzi were accused of supporting a faction of the party allegedly led by Secretary General Tendai Biti. According to sources Biti escaped the mob by leaving the building with Tsvangirai. One source said he “escaped holding Tsvangirai’s jacket.”
Zimbabwe Democracy Institute director Pedzisai Ruhanya told Nehanda Radio “We condemn this totally undemocratic behaviour. Violence is a political culture that we must not tolerate and we expect the MDC leadership to take strong action against these perpetrators.
“Surely this is not the democracy that they purport to champion. It depicts the MDC as democratic charlatans not different from ZANU PF,” he added.
Commenting today on Facebook the thug said ,
Maxwell McRobinson Leave Morgan and MDC alone. Mangoma…Biti..Mudzuri are taking Zim people for fools. The mob justice on Mangoma was meted by the angry people who feel betrayed. What happens when u take someone for a fool? Whose war was he fighting for in the media about leadership renewal? Who does Morgan Tsvangirai represent? Does Mangoma or Biti know? Sellouts during the liberation war were killed. He shld count himself lucky that he is alive. He is dining with an enemy spying on and attacking the wishes of the people? DO YOU KNOW WHAT DEMOCRACY IS? SHUT UP IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT IT IS. MUNONGOHWA IMI!