SW Radio Africa (London)

27 October 2011

Zimbabwe: ZANU-PF Activists Attack MDC-T's Harvest House

Suspected ZANU PF supporters from the militant Chipangano group have attacked Harvest House, the MDC-T headquarters in central Harare.

The pre-dawn attack left several windows in the building shattered but no one was injured. A statement from the party said security details protecting the building recovered eight catapults dropped by ZANU PF thugs as they fled.

'Several windows on the first, second and third floors were broken during the attack,' the MDC-T said.

Meanwhile, the party's national Youth Assembly organising secretary, Phineas Chikadaya, is in hospital after he was attacked in Budiriro on Wednesday night.

Promise Mkwananzi, the secretary-general of the Youth Assembly, told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that Chikadaya was waylaid by a group of ZANU PF thugs while walking home from a branch meeting.

'Chikadaya was walking home in the company of a colleague around 8pm when they were suddenly surrounded by a group of ZANU PF youths.

They accused him of being a sell-out and destabilizing the country by working for the MDC.

This was an unprovoked attack where Chikadanga was hit with logs. They used stones to target his left leg and unfortunately he suffered a fracture to that leg,' Mkwananzi said.

The organizing secretary was admitted to the Avenues Clinic. A report was lodged with the police in Budiriro but no arrests have been made. Chikadaya has informed his party he can positively identify some of his attackers.

'We vociferously condemn the dastardly attack on our members and strongly speak out against the police inaction to bring the culprits to book. In the same breathe, let me say no amount of fear will dissuade the Youth Assembly from carrying out its legitimate mandate to remove ZANU PF from power,' Mkwananzi added.

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