Violence In MDC-T As Rival Factions Fight For Control Of Party’s Offices In Bulawayo
There was violence at the opposition MDC-T’s party provincial offices in Bulawayo on Sunday after rival factions fought for control of the offices. The rival factions are alleged to be backing new party leader Nelson Chamisa and vice-president Thokozani Khupe.
Reports coming in suggest that Thokozani Khupe and party supporters loyal to her were having a meeting when they were attacked by rival youths who are reported to have been brought by a truck.
Khupe’s personal assistant, Witness Dube, was assaulted and sustained a gash on the head while Thokozani Khupe’s car was stoned and damaged. Obert Gutu, the MDC-T national spokesperson who was suspended for fanning factionalism is reported to have been present at the meeting before it was disrupted.
Khupe later wrote on her Facebook page – “We are under attack at the Bulawayo MDC-T office. People are injured and cars have been vandalized.”
While, MDC-T organizing secretary Abednico Bhebhe told Voice of America – “Party activists at grassroots level wanted to know about what is happening in the party and hence we convened this meeting for that purpose. When we were busy talking about the goings on in the party some people started throwing stones on top of the building.”