MDC-T acting president Thokozani Khupe’s aide was allegedly assaulted by party youths loyal to acting secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora at Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House.
Reports indicate that Kudzanai Mashumba was manhandled on Wednesday when he attempted to conduct security checks, including checking on where Khupe would sit before the party’s Wednesday standing committee.
Another Khupe aide, George Rice, was barred by Mwonzora’s loyalists from attending a Press conference to announce resolutions made at the meeting. A high-ranking party official told NewsDay:
Around 2:30 pm, there was again another incident when Khupe’s aide only identified as Rice was supposed to attend the Press conference, but was barred by the security personnel who claimed that Khupe’s aides were not allowed at that Press conference.
They kept on referring to the secretary-general as ‘president Mwonzora’ and that is when they were exposed. There were some senior members of the party who were also barred from attending the meeting.
The matter was taken to Komichi and he promised to act. He was told that this kind of tension cannot proceed and those calling Mwonzora their president must be stopped from doing that as well as attacking Khupe’s aides.
Acting chairperson Morgen Komichi, however, professed ignorance about the incident when contacted for comment while efforts to contact Mwonzora were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.
Reports claim that Khupe, Mwonzora, Komichi and Elias Mudzuri are all vying for the presidency ahead of a Supreme Court-ordered extraordinary congress to elect a substantive president following the death of Morgan Tsvangirai in 2018.
The extraordinary congress, initially supposed to have been held by end of July, has now been moved to September 4.