MDC condemns internal violent clashes in Bulawayo




HARARE – The party led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last night condemned violent clashes of its members in Bulawayo were Vice President Thokozani Khupe is believed to have been beaten up.

In a statement issued to the media by party Spokesman Obert Gutu, the party said; “the events that took place at the MDC provincial offices in Bulawayo on Sunday,August 6,2017 are most regrettable and extremely unfortunate.The MDC would like to condemn,in the strongest terms,all forms of violence against anyone. We are a democratic and peace – loving political party that is ready,willing and able to extricate Zimbabwe from decades of Zanu PF misrule, corruption and mis-governance.”

After a dozen of party youths stromed the meeting that was been addressed by deputy president, Thokozani Khuphe.

The incide and other senior officials were stoned for failing to attend the launch of a grand coalition in Harare on Thursday.

Khuphe, MDC T organising secretary, Abednico Bhebhe and chairperson Lovemore Moyo were some of the top officials who boycotted the launch of the grand coalition in the capital.

MDC T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai signed a unity alliance with MDC’s Welshman Ncube, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Tendai Biiti, Jacob Ngarivhume (Transform Zimbabwe) and Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF’s Agrippa Mutambara), angering opponents of the coalition deal in the process.

Khuphe has been open she frowned against any umbrella coalition with other opposition parties, saying the MDC T only needed a unity deal in Mashonaland where the party has fared badly in elections. She said the MDC T does not need a coalition in Matabeleland as seen by the MDC’s consistent victory in elections in the province since the party was formed in 1999.

In a statement issued to The Zimbabwe Mail the party said; “the violent incident that took place at our party offices in Bulawayo will be thoroughly investigated and indeed,the office of the Arbiter – General of the party,is already seized with this matter.

“We shall leave no stone unturned in ascertaining the exact cause of the unfortunate incident of senseless violence that led to the injury of several party members as well as destruction of party property. The perpetrators of this heinous act of wanton violence and thuggery will be identified and punished in accordance with the tenets of the party disciplinary code of conduct.We also suspect that the culprits are not genuine members of the MDC but hired thugs and hooligans.”

“We would like to assure all stakeholders that a thorough investigation shall be conducted and no stone will be left unturned in trying to get to the bottom of this matter.The MDC is acutely aware of the fact that CIO agents and some other such detractors are having sleepless nights regarding the successful launch of the MDC Alliance at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare, on Saturday, August 5,2017.

As such,the beleaguered and faction – infested Zanu PF regime will do everything possible to try to collapse the grand political coalition against the insipidly corrupt and sickeningly voracious dictatorship that is fronted by Robert Mugabe.”

“This is the time for the toiling masses of Zimbabwe to remain focused and united. The darkest hour is just before dawn,” the party said.