Harare – A top official of Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC T has defended the assault of the party’s vice president, Thokozani Khupe on Sunday for allegedly opposing the formation of an alliance with other political parties.
Khupe, chairperson Lovemore Moyo, organizing secretary Abednico Bhebhe, their aides and several other party members were beaten during a feedback meeting held in Bulawayo by party thugs allegedly sponsored by party president Morgan Tsvangirai “to punish” dissenting voices of the coalition.
Moyo, Bhebhe and Khuphe snubbed the Saturday launch of the MDC Alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) and Transform Zimbabwe.
MDC T national executive member, Chalton Hwende said Khupe and her allies deserved the beating.
“Organising a caucus meeting which is against the spirit of MDC Constitution is very irresponsible. You end up attracting unnecessary problems. The youths are angry and impatient and anyone who will stand in the way of change will have no one to blame,” Hwende said in a Facebook post, attracting scorn from various quarters.
Khuphe is not the first party official to be bashed by MDC T “thugs” for opposing Tsvangirai. Former minister Elton Mangoma was bashed at the MDC T’s Harvest house offices in the capital, forcing him to resign and launch his own party.
MDC T spokesperson Obert Gutu said the party is investigating the assault of Khuphe.
“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,” Gutu said in a statement.