New Zimbabwe (London)

14 June 2014

Zimbabwe: Biti Loyalist Punished in Mutare

THE MDC-T leadership feud took a turn for the weird in Manicaland recently when two party officials aligned to party leader Morgan Tsvangirai allegedly broke into a party house occupied by a rival, soaked his clothes and dumped them in a bin.

The daring pair proceeded to spray some foodstuffs all over the place as a way of trying to force their victim to vacate the party property.

The truant officials were later identified as party secretary for security in the province Huggins Kashiri and another only identified as Allen.

The pair, it is alleged, took the trouble to break into the party property occupied by Walter Mutwaya to mess it up.

The incident happened in Mutare's Darlington suburb last week.

Mutyawo is said to be loyal to former party secretary general and breakaway faction leader Tendai Biti.

He has since filed a report with police who are now investigating the matter.

On the day in question, Mutwayo, a caretaker at the property, had visited a friend in Dangamvura high density suburb at around 11am.

The rival pair, taking advantage of his absence, gained entry into the house and carried out their mischief.

Mutyawo discovered the mess on his return at around 5pm.

He was later informed by neighbours it was the work of party rivals whose identity was also revealed.

Police spokesperson, Inspector Chishiri, confirmed receiving the report while the suspects are still at large.

"We are still carrying out investigations and suspects are still at large," said Chishiri.

The MDC-T broke into two bitter factions in April this year after its powerful secretary general Biti and party deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma led a group of dissenters into a revolt against the ex-premier.

The group wants Tsvangirai, who has led the party since formation 1999, to relinquish his post and allow a new leader with fresh ideas to take over.

They accuse the former firebrand trade union leader of barren leadership which has failed to dislodge Zanu PF from power in several attempts.

Tsvangirai has vowed to stay put, insisting his losses were a result of poll fraud by the incumbent President Robert Mugabe.

Recently, Tsvangirai told provincial leaders sympathetic to his cause to take control of party property, as the brawl over party assets takes root within the beleaguered opposition.

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