Zanu PF offices in Gweru ‘bombed’
GWERU- The first steps towards justifying a crackdown on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party began on Tuesday night when an explosion rocked Zanu-PF provincial offices in Gweru, shattering windowpanes.
No one was injured in the attack which bore all the hallmarks of a stage managed Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and army hatchet job. Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Patrick Chademana said;
“We are still investigating the cause of the explosion which occurred yesterday (Tuesday) at around 11pm.” But even without any evidence or investigations Zanu-PF provincial administrator Passmore Washaya was already claiming the attack was an act of aggression by MDC-T activists.
MDC-T Midlands provincial spokesperson James Tsuro dismissed as unfounded, allegations that his party was responsible for the bombing. “These are unfounded allegations and if the suspects were from the MDC-T party, by now there could have been a number of arrests,” he said.
“There is no reason why MDC-T would bomb empty offices and besides our party is not violence-oriented. There is no point for us to resort to violence when it is a known fact that virtually all the urban dwellers are MDC-T party supporters. Why would we bomb other political parties’ offices when we have the majority of supporters?”
Nehanda Radio.com understands the bombing is part of an elaborate Zanu PF plan to justify pulling out of the coalition government and have elections without any meaningful reforms. Zanu PF also want elections with the MDC-T outside state structures especially the Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs.
Part of the plan also includes arresting PM Tsvangirai and some of his senior party officials on various trumped up charges. “We will not be surprised that on the basis of this so-called bomb attack several key MDC-T activists will be arrested to provoke the party into leaving the coalition,” a source said.
“Just like the bombing of the Daily News newspaper and the MDC offices in Jerera we know who in this country has the technical know-how and the ammunition to carry out these acts,” another source said.
In 2008 Zanu PF thugs in army uniform ran riot and petrol-bombed MDC-T offices at Jerera Growth point in Zaka, killing three MDC-T officials. The truckload of thugs besieged the offices at midnight and first shot the victims before bombing their offices.
The Daily News was bombed twice, first in 2000 and then 2001. A powerful bomb exploded at an art gallery on the ground floor of the newspaper’s offices in the city centre before a second bomb caused extensive damage to the Z$100 million printing press, in a building on the outskirts of Harare.
The independent Radio VOP had its offices in Milton Park bombed in 2002 by unknown assailants and the police have not bothered to track down to this day. The attack took place soon after threats by government officials on the operations of private radio stations in and outside the country. Nehanda Radio.com