Masvingo – Suspected Zanu PF supporters yesterday attacked and damaged a vehicle carrying MDC leader Nelson Chamisa who was on his way to pass condolences to the family of Joseph Mutema, a veteran member of the party who passed on in August this year.
The attack happened at around 11am, some 200 metres away from Chief Fortune Charumbira’s homestead in Masvingo West Constituency, The Mirror reports.
Masvingo Police Spokesperson, Kudakwashe Dhewa said he had not received the report at the time he was called for a comment.
Chamisa’s convoy of 13 cars found the road blocked with boulders and logs by tens of villagers singing and denouncing the MDC leader. The convoy was ordered to make a u-turn and as it did so, stones were thrown at the cars.
The unruly villagers were clearly being organised by well-resourced people who printed placards for them. A V8 Toyota Landcruiser believed to belong to a prominent chief who is vying for the presidency of the Pan African Parliament Southern Africa was being used to co-ordinate the protesters.
The MP for the constituency is Ezra Chadzamira.
Two stones hit the front windscreen of Chamisa’s Landcruiser while a Toyota Fortuner carrying his close security had its rear windscreen shattered by a stone.
MDC councillor for Ward 5 Daniel Mberikunashe who briefly disembarked from a car where he was a passenger was hit by a stone in the head and severely injured. He is admitted at Masvingo Provincial Hospital.
The suspected Zanu PF supporters who spoke to The Mirror said Chamisa was not allowed in Masvingo West because he allegedly brought sanctions on Zimbabwe.
The incident did not however, deter the MDC leader from getting to his destination as he dropped all cars in his convoy and used just three to proceed to Mataruse Village under Chief Charumbira using bush paths.
He was given a hero’s welcome at the village and he addressed them on various issues including the next elections.https://masvingomirror.com