Police storm MDC's Harvest House

HARARE - Police yesterday stormed Harvest House, the MDC headquarters in central Harare,on the prowl for youths who allegedly assaulted party deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma last week.

Douglas Mwonzora, MDC spokesperson, who is also the legal representative for the wanted persons, told the Daily News that the police had a list of seven youths who include Harare provincial youth chairperson Shakespeare Mukoyi, the party deputy chairperson Morgen Komichi’s driver Steven Jahwi, Enock Mukandi, Rhino Mashaya, Francis Machidzofa, Paul Gorekore and Samson Nerwande.

Mwonzora said he would accompany the group to the police today.

“If Mangoma had been attacked by so many people, how could he have survived? This is an internal purge against those opposed to their plan,” Mwonzora told the Daily News.

Efforts to obtain comment from the police were futile last night.

Mangoma and secretary-general, Tendai Biti and youth assembly secretary-general, Promise Mkwananzi were assaulted last week by a group of party youths for allegedly calling on Tsvangirai to step down.

Mangoma was attacked when he stepped outside Harvest House soon after Tsvangirai had finished holding a one-day meeting with the 210 district chairpersons.

Mangoma had his shirt torn and spectacles damaged in the melee. He claims he  was beaten up by a group of over 20 youths.

Comments (21)

Mangoma AND COmpany are free to form their own party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mupfana weBikini - 25 February 2014

Hey Mwonzora do you think that if someone is in the MDC-TEA PARTY he is above the law . Now we see the light bopa zonke even Morgan wacho bopa . The leadership renewal should go on woihout any hond3erance . BITI FOR PRESIDENT MORGAN MUBINIVLD

Mose Ruddolf ( Hitler) - 25 February 2014

Isn't it strange that Douglas Mwonzora and Obert Gutu (through his firm) are the lawyers trying to defend the assailants of their fellow MDC-T senior member? What are they afraid of? Surely, Mangoma may well be correct to state that the plot to beat him up was planned by senior members of the party.

Feldman Bandura - 25 February 2014

Is Mwonzora trying to tell us that all yhose who were beaten by mobs are all dead.

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Get your roof fixed - 25 February 2014

lets pray for the country

MOYO - 25 February 2014

This is stupid politicking and Mangoma has a very short memory. Are these not the same police officers who shackled him in leg irons and humiliated him on flimsy charges? What is the progress of investigations into the murder of MDC supporters after the 2008 elections? And how about executing the warrant of arrest against Joseph Mwale? People should not be hoodwinked by this police action; Mangoma has handed them an opportunity to further destroy what is left of the MDC.

Mamvemve - 25 February 2014

To align with the police and ZANU PF is the worst strategy for Mangoma because the people of Zimbabwe are known to always sympathise with victims of ZANU and the Police. Kana Ngoma yoririsa yave kubvaruka. This is Mangoma's political end.

Ziziharinanyanga - 25 February 2014

This was obviously coming and Mangoma should have known better.

mambo - 25 February 2014

In as much as many have undertaken to destroy this peoples project through infiltrations and divide and rule tactics they have failed dismally to achieve their goals.Mangoma should be advised that as his Excellency correctly said on the event of his 9th birthday talking about leadership or succession creates an opposition within the party,those talking of leadership renewal in the party before the congress are now an opposition if not enemies of the party.If they are so popular they are free to form their own party but should be reminded of what happened to Gwisai.Ncube and what is awaiting Mdhuku.

Aluta continua - 26 February 2014

Mwonzvora is a loser like Morgan.birds of the same feather together.Morgan ndewegangara makaresva kukuita MDC yekwaTsvangirai.haachadi nayo wototi ndeyake.

tendai mugara - 26 February 2014

how can Dougie defend thugs who beat up Mangoma.something fishy is going on.MDC must open up and be democratic and allow debate not stifle it.Or else MDC and ZANU PF are cut from the same cloth.

SEPERO ZHARA - 26 February 2014

Shame vanhu ve MDC T- do not change your leader. just some advice 1. Biti or Mangoma can never win against ZANU PF(sorry to the donors funding these guys) . 2. ZANU PF wants you not only divided but utterly destroyed,its a political game, what are you doing to de-stabilise ZANU PF. 3. Whoever is responsible for your intelligence must now have a new strategy, send spies to gather information from everywhere including MDC PLACES. Dzidzai ku big brother ZANU PF. 4. ZANU PF has serious factionalism problems and some impostors destroying the party from within -but are showing a united front.

Muprofita - 26 February 2014

True Muprofita, Mangoma must have understood the politics at play by his action. ZanuPf is happy with a divided and falling MDC their stringest challenge so-far. As for donors maybe they can check for other projects because this so-called people's project has been collapsed. Whilst Tsvangirayi may not be a good leader but he has seen through it. Whoever started the war within MDC has cheated not Morgan but the people of Zimbabwe. Now you will hear about petrol bombs because the enemy infiltrates a disunited party and will know the blame will be shifted to your nemesis when it is someone else.

Maita Manyuka - 26 February 2014

maybe the accused do not have money to pay legal experts so they have to get defence from their party lawyers. so it cannot be strange for Mwonzora and Gutu to defend the accused, is it?

snowden - 26 February 2014

Hazvingonyatsoita defending one party member against another...vana Douglas shld find other ways to assist the party youths after all vakashaisha. BTW Dougie not everyone who is beaten by a mob dies...uye kubvarura munhu shirt is still considered assault and is a criminal offence.

Mai2 - 26 February 2014

Haaaaa, these people have dashed all our hopes for their own egos. MT, Mangoma, Biti and whoever have shown us they are saboteurs and the way they handled this will be recorded in history as one of the worst disaster in Zimbabwe politics and hope. You all heard what Mugabe said about factions now imagine if Mujuru or Emmerson had actually said Mugabe must resign what would Mugabe say and what would happen to them. Mangoma had an idea but was wrong to think the problem only lay with changing MT. he should have said we have an obligation as leadership to resign enmasse and an interim leadership like some of us who are very clean to the core takeover. I saw Bennet on First TV frothing about a stolen election now he turns out and say its Tsvangirayi look its wrong and the youths who assaulted Mangoma were wrong but Mangoma said they were bussed to harvest House how come Police picked Harvest House employees, so Mangoma is not an honest man too and not fit to be a leader.

Maita Manyuka - 26 February 2014

shall we then conclude that mwonzora knows how many pple assaulted mangona?

elisha - 26 February 2014

The Zanu Pf ZRP was just waiting for this opportunity to destroy MDC T using the likes of Mangoma. With a collapsing economy and with no solution in sight the events in MDC T are a perfect diversion from real issues facing this country. Zanu Pf's main objective is to destroy any opposition. Issues like unemployment at 90%, companies closing, liquidity crunch etc are not issues of their concern as long as they are power. The sufferings of the masses are not their concern. Their mission is to stay in power loot and get richer. That is all!

Chance - 26 February 2014

The message from Elton Mangoma to the MDC T leadership is very clear. Either the party accepts Mangoma as the next President of MDC T or Mangoma will work tirelessly with Zanu Pf and security apparatus to destroy both Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC T. Zanu Pf's main objective is to make sure that in 2018 MDC T and Morgan Tsvangirai will not contest elections at all. Zanu Pf knows that Mugabe due to old age and health reasons will not contest elections in 2018 and a new Zanu Pf Presidential candidate will be too weak to contest with the Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC T brands. Besides the economy continues to collapse and Zanu pf has no clue on how to fix the economy and so they have to blame sanctions and destroy the opposition. With 90% unemployment, liquidity crunch, no revenue to finance the budget, companies closing down etc Zanu pf has no solutions to these problems except to buy time and blame their predicament on sanctions and MDC T. Even with Angel's miracle money or divine intervention the problems will not go away.The factional problems caused by succession issues in Zanu pf are serious and they need to be covered up by promoting chaos in MDC leadership successions.

Choice - 27 February 2014

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