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Bloodbath as Chamisa, Mwonzora youths clash in Kwekwe

By Thabiso Mdhluli

THERE was a bloodbath and stampede at the opposition MDC Alliance offices in the Midlands city of Kwekwe as youths linked to MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora clashed with their rivals led by Nelson Chamisa.

MDC Alliance said it foiled the attempted hostile takeover of its Kwekwe offices by youths linked to Mwonzora, but had its members injured in the skirmishes.

In a post on Twitter, MDC-A youth league leader Obey Sithole said the Mwonzora youths had the army backing them, but he failed to substantiate how his party’s youths fought off the army if indeed soldiers were involved.

“Today some violent youths aligned to the [Douglas] Mwonzora et al outfit attempted to steal our office in Kwekwe with the help of the army as usual…

However their attempt was foiled by our resilient youths, sadly some have been badly injured. We urge Mwonzora to abstain from violence.

In a post on the MDC-A social media channels earlier on Saturday, the party said Mwonzora youths had stormed its office in Kwekwe armed with weapons and injured one security guard who was left in need of urgent medical attention.

In June this year, MDC-T activists seized control of the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, formerly known as Harvest House, which have been the citadel of opposition politics for two decades. The developments left Chamisa without an office or party assets such as vehicles and control of party finances.

Since the March ruling by the Supreme Court which declared Chamisa’s succession of Tsvangirai illegitimate, the Chamisa faction jasper played second fiddle to the Thokozani Khupe-led camp and has so far lost dozens of elected MPs, Senators, Councillors and Mayors as Khupe instigates recalls. – Zimbabwe Voice

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