By Zimbabwe Voice Reporter
FORMER MDC Alliance top official Tracy Mutinhiri, who recently rejoined Zanu PF, says the attacks on Nelson Chamisa’s convoy in Masvingo early on Monday was staged by the opposition party to attract international sympathy.
The opposition party’s spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere shared a video footage and photos on social media which she said depicted an attack on Chamisa’s convoy as he arrived in a village in Gutu, Masvingo Province, to address supporters.
“Over 200 thugs mobilized by Zanu PF have violently attacked President Chamisa’s convoy and advance team on their way to meet community leaders in Masvingo,” Mahere said. “They stoned cars, barricaded roads with burning logs and assaulted members of our team who’ve now been hospitalized.”
She added that Chamisa was in good spirits and the planned address of party structures would go ahead.
However, former Labour and Social Welfare Minister Mutinhiri told the Zimbabwe Voice an interview that Zanu PF youths were too busy on the fields and other productive activities to even think of unleashing violence on a “directionless party”.
“We are clear as Zanu PF that the alleged attack on Chamiss is stage-managed to seek relevance and international attention ahead of summits and visits to Zimbabwe by top UN diplomats,” said Mutinhiri.
“I was in that party led by Chamisa and ndobasa ravo iroro rekugadzira manyepo (they’re so good at faking the attacks). Whenever there is an international event they stage manage negative events to tarnish Zanu PF’s image. Our youths are busy kuminda,” said Mutinhiri.
Mutinhiri says the nation must remember the incident when Chamisa also “faked” his own “abduction” along the Harare-Mutare highway in November 2018.
“I was in Chamisa’s party then and I know how embarrassed we all were at the unimpressive drama Chamisa staged. This is yet another of the childish dramas Chamisa stages when he has no strategy and plan to remain relevant. It’s such a shame.”
Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana also has said the attack was staged ahead of a global summit and the visit to Zimbabwe by a United Nations Rapporteur on sanctions this Friday.
“We are in the even of COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference) and the UN Special Rapporteur’s engagement is about to happen. Do you know what else has started? The Dramas,” said Mangwana.
Mutinhiri, who contested for the MDC Alliance vice president post in 2018 and lost, rejoined Zanu PF in March this year.
She recently said the party led by Chamisa lacked direction and was driven by ulterior interests.
“When I was an MDC official, I discovered that it is a white man’s party which will destroy the gains of the liberation struggle, if given a chance.
“Therefore, we must all unite ourselves in Zanu PF to defend our independence and our sovereignty,” Mutinhiri said.
“We want everyone to come back to Zanu PF. There is nothing in MDC. It’s a white man’s agenda where blacks are just used to serve the interests of white people without benefiting anything.”
But UK-based lawyer and academic Alex Magaisa insisted that the attacks on Chamisa were a violent act by ruling party supporters. Magaisa said the attacks were infact organised by top Zanu PF people who he said were keen to embarrass President Mnangagwa, but he would not provide any evidence to back up his claims.
“Those placards held by a mob baying for MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s blood bear the hallmarks of an organised and sponsored attack. Someone has put up these tortoises on the fence post. If it’s not Mnangagwa, it’s his friends out to embarrass him as he prepares for Glasgow.”
The UN summit on climate change is scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, this month.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF director of information Tafadzwa Mugwadi said it was not surprising that the MDC Alliance could not share videos of the actual instances the said vehicles were damaged. He said this showed the incident was staged, adding that Chamisa’s aides fired live bullets to disperse angry villagers who would not allow Chamisa into their area.
“Chamisa’s body guards fired live bullets in the air against villagers, who protested they last heard gun sounds during the Liberation War,” Mugwadi said.
He, again, would not provide evidence.
“Politicians must stop unbriddled provocations against citizens. If people reject you, mend your ways,” said Mugwadi.