Spokesperson of the Thokozani khupe led MDC-T Linda Masarira claims MDC Alliance youths received training in Zambia and South Africa to rise against Government in the event Nelson Chamisa lost the July 30 elections.
Masarira said this whilst making submissions before the Commission of Inquiry into the violence that resulted in the death of six people on August 1 after soldiers were deployed to quell protests. Said Masarira:
It would be naive for anyone to think that the MDC Alliance do not have radical and militant youths who trained under the civil society banner which are stakeholders of the MDC Alliance. I can speak with confidence and evidence that there are two groups who were trained to lead protest though it is said that they were trained to uprise in a non-violent manner which is contrary to the actions that prevailed on August 1. The MDC Alliance believes the Government can be persuaded to a government of national unity or to accede to certain demands from the illegal demonstrations that they did coupled with the ongoing demonisation of Zimbabwe. We have an opposition that believes in hate speech and insults, terrorising of women and the suffering of the masses to woo protest votes.