MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere has hit back at the ruling ZANU PF party, saying they should stop spreading falsehoods by attempting to link the party’s leaders to last week’s Chivhu shooting incident.
Mahere was responding to claims by ZANU PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa that MDC Alliance leaders Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti “celebrated” the killing of a soldier by assailants in Chivhu on Saturday. Said Mahere:
Neither the MDC Alliance, President Nelson Chamisa nor Vice President Tendai Biti had anything to do with the Chivhu shooting incident involving soldiers.
The attempt by Chinamasa to blame the MDC Alliance for the incident is desperate, regrettable and unsubstantiated. These lies must stop.
Speaking to reporters on Friday during a press conference at the ZANU PF headquarters in Harare, Chinamasa accused Chamisa and Biti of an alleged mockery of the security services, saying the duo was “playing with fire”. Said Chinamasa:
Zanu PF was devastated and disturbed by the shooting in Chivhu where one soldier was killed.
We are further taken aback by statements of discouragement and ridicule coming from the rank and file of the MDC Alliance where they appear to be celebrating the attacks on the security forces while pouring their hearts out on the assailants. We have taken note.
I want to say to Chamisa and Biti, they should stop playing with fire. It is very dangerous for them. We know what they have been doing and we are not surprised by the stance they have taken.