Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office has dismissed as nonsensical claims that the MDC-T leader had a mission to address people at Town House on Wednesday when Zanu PF youths besieged the building.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jameson Timba, said the “propaganda by Zanu PF is untrue, unfortunate and misleading”. Timba said comments by Zanu PF officials, including Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo attacking Tsvangirai were “disrespectful to Tsvangirai and his Office”.
“(Minister) Chombo is being disrespectful to his principal, the Prime Minister. If at all he had been alerted that the Prime Minister was going to address the imaginary meeting, he knows the road to Munhumutapa Building where he should have come to seek clarity, “he said.
“For the record, the Prime Minister was not scheduled to address any gathering at Town House. In fact, the Prime Minister had a scheduled meeting with the President (Robert Mugabe) to discuss pressing national issues,” Timba said. The state media was this week awash with claims that Tsvangirai wanted to address his party supporters at Town House and incite them to revolt as was happening in Egypt.
MDC-T spokesperson, Nelson Chamisa, said Zanu PF and the state media were “at it again, forwarding damaging propaganda”.
“This is clear reflection of Zanu PF’s desperation to distance itself from its lawless elements who are taking advantage of police partisanship to cause mayhem in Harare almost on a daily basis.”
“From experience, Zimbabweans know that if the MDC youths had assembled at Town House or anywhere in Zimbabwe without express authority, riot police would have descended on them and beaten them up or driven them into cells,” Chamisa said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF supporters yesterday violently evicted suspected MDC-T stallholders at Siyaso, a busy informal marketplace in Mbare and threatened to visit another one at Mupedzanhamo to deal with those perceived to be aligned to the MDC-T.
Their victims watched helplessly while others fled the scene as Zanu PF youths sang, chanted slogans and erected their party flag at the site.
When NewsDay visited the marketplace there was chaos as Zanu PF youths smashed goods belonging to suspected MDC-T supporters.