KWEKWE – For years opposition supporters in Zimbabwe have complained about the violent nature of Zanu PF politics. This time around Zanu PF members are turning on each with Kwekwe Central MP Masango Matambanadzo again in the news for assaulting a fellow party member.
Matambanadzo allegedly assaulted the Zanu PF secretary for security for Kushinga District Marco Msipa in Kwekwe on Monday.
Matambanadzo accused Msipa of being aligned to Zanu PF factional warlord Emmerson Mnangagwa who is battling it out with Vice President Joice Mujuru to succeed 90 year-old President Mugabe.
The incident occurred at around 3pm at Amaveni Shopping Centre.
The assault came just a few weeks after Matambanadzo was involved in a public fistfight with Zanu-PF legislator for Gokwe-Kana Owen Ncube at the same shopping centre over allegations of fanning violence.
Amaveni residents were treated to free drama when Matambanadzo and his bodyguard punched and kicked Msipa while slamming his body against the wall of his shop.
Onlookers had to intervene to save Msipa from further assault after he sustained a deep cut on his eye.
“He said Cde Mnangagwa was finished and I was wasting time backing him,” said Msipa. “Cde Matambanadzo and his bodyguard started assaulting me with fists all over the body and the two were hitting me against the wall in their shop.”
Msipa said he reported the matter to the police before he was taken to Kwekwe District Hospital where he was still receiving treatment.
But Matambanadzo refuted the allegations, saying Msipa came to his shop and started insulting him and his bodyguard. He said it was his bodyguard who had a misunderstanding with Msipa, which degenerated into a fistfight.
Police said they would give details on the case today.