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Vanguard Ceased To Exist Soon After Tsvangirai’s Death: MDC Youth Leader Claims

MDC Alliance Youth Assembly Secretary General Lovemore Chinoputsa has refuted allegations made by military generals that a militant wing of the MDC, the Vanguard was responsible for the shooting of civilians on August 1. In a statement, Chinoputsa said

The MDC categorically states that there is no longer an outfit called the Vanguard. As a matter of fact, the Vanguard was a peaceful and disciplined team of MDC youths- which has since been disbanded on the orders of the national council, the party’s supreme decision-making body in between Congresses.

As the MDC Youth Assembly, we note with serious concern the attempt by the police and the military to arrogate responsibility of the August 1 shootings to a non-existent peaceful outfit which was disbanded
soon after the unfortunate incidents in Buhera at the burial of our late iconic Leader Dr Morgan Tsvangirai.

The Vanguard was a team of youths that went about peaceful drills at party events but was misinterpreted
by political detractors as a violent outfit.

On the orders of the party leadership, the Vanguard was then disbanded. The Vanguard was not a terror gang. In any case, the Vanguard was not an armed outfit. Guns are not sold over the counter in this country.

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