By Nyasha Mukapiko recently in Buhera
There was drama in Humanikwa Village, in Buhera as MDC-T youths went on a rampage attacking party vice-president Thokozani Khupe and secretary general Douglas Mwonzora accusing them of standing in the way of Nelson Chamisa in the succession battle.
The attacked which brought the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral proceedings to a standstill happened as Khupe and Mwonzora were surveying the ground where the main stage was going to be set up.
The marauding youths who appear to have endorsed Chamisa as the Tsvangirai successor accused Khupe and Mwonzora of shedding crocodile tears for the party leader yet they were boycotting his meetings when he was alive.
Khupe and Mwonzora had to seek refuge inside the kitchen of a nearby homestead as the missile-throwing youths got rowdy, baying for their blood and demanded that the two party officials resign from their positions with immediate effect.
“We need Khupe and Mwonzora to resign from the MDC, Khupe is faking as if she loved Morgan when she boycotted meetings convened by him,” said one of the youths.
The youth surrounded the hut in which Khupe and Mwonzora had taken refuge in, singing songs in praise of the youthful leader.
“Chamisa, Chamisa, Chamisa mai mwana, Chamisa mai mwana,” they sang as they detained the two party leaders for about two hours vowing to continue holding them hostage until the acting president address them first.
Efforts by the Zimbabwe Republic Police officers who had been deployed to help maintain order were fruitless as they struggled to quell the insisting youths and that even MDC-T youth assembly chairperson Happy Chidziva failed to convince the knob carrying youths who only wanted Chamisa to talk to them.
Khupe and Mwonzora were later released and escorted away by police officers after the youths realised that they had attracted media attention.
As if that was not enough, the youths led by the youth assembly leadership also went on to threaten the media that was covering the scuffles.
Although the owner of the homestead where Khupe and Mwonzora had taken refuge, refused to comment much, she, however, expressed disappointment in the way the activists had destroyed her maize crop.
“This is not Tsvangirai homestead but Mupami, I was busy at the funeral with others when I heard of this violence, I don’t have time to talk because I don’t know what actually transpired,” she said trying to force tears from her eyes.
Another villager from the same area said he was not shocked by the skirmishes that have happened, adding that it is just a repeat of what transpired when Tsvangirai’s first wife Susan died a few years ago.
Addressing the mourners Chamisa condemned all acts of violence adding that it a sign of lack of political tolerance.
This is not the first time that Chamisa supporters have been involved in violence against party leaders as last week they prevent Elias Mudzuri from entering party headquarters Harvest House to address a press conference.
Chidziva and his youth wing have made it clear that they are in support of Chamisa.
With bickering and jockeying to replace Tsvangirai reaching high levels, it now awaits to be seen what will happen to the party as some commenters have predicted another split.
Chamisa, however, assured party supporters at Freedom Square that the party will not split.