Armed soldiers and police officers on Thursday evening assisted over 20 youths loyal to the Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T in taking over the party headquarters, the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, also known as Harvest House in the centre of the capital Harare.
MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere confirmed the development.
“At approximately 10pm on June 4, 2020, a truckload of armed soldiers and police officers assisted 20 youths to forcibly gain entry into the MDC Alliance Headquarters, Harvest House,” Mahere said.
“The soldiers severely assaulted our security personnel who were manning the building. The youths locked themselves in the building refusing to leave,” she said adding the party secretary general Chalton Hwende had attended the scene but his attempt to make a police report over the takeover was thwarted and he was advised to talk to the army.
“The use of armed forces to settle personal squabbles must be condemned in the strongest way possible by all pro-democracy forces.”
In the 2018 election the opposition party split with Thokozani Khupe hanging on to the MDC-T name but only managing a modest 45 626 votes in presidential elections while Nelson Chamisa garnered 2,151,927 votes (according to ZEC figures) as leader of a new party the MDC Alliance.
A controversial High Court judgment ruled that Chamisa had assumed the leadership of the original MDC-T illegally and ordered a fresh congress using the party’s 2014 structures.
But the same court confusingly admitted the matter was “moot and academic” since it had been overtaken by events as Chamisa has already moved on and leads his own party, the MDC Alliance.