You won't stop me - Tsvangirai

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday vowed to continue with his nationwide rallies even after 14 people were injured in a brutal attack in the aftermath of his Epworth rally on Sunday.

Tsvangirai was speaking after visiting Tambudzai Kalandi and Florence Motsi, who are admitted at the Avenues Clinic, after being severely assaulted after the MDC leader’s rally.

Kalandi is in the intensive care unit, having suffered multiple body injuries including a broken leg, while Motsi sustained severe head injuries.

The two women were battered viciously together with 12 other people who were injured in the attack.

Speaking to journalists after visiting the two MDC activists yesterday, Tsvangirai alleged that Zanu PF masterminded the savage attack.

Meanwhile, police blamed MDC supporters for the attack, with chief superintendent Paul Nyathi, the police spokesperson, saying they have arrested three MDC activists in connection with the violence which he said saw 11 Zanu PF supporters injured and seven houses damaged.

But Tsvangirai said he will not be deterred by dirty tactics.

“Zanu PF attacked these people,” Tsvangirai said. “This happened in an area where we have a violent MP. He (the MP) is the godfather of violence and the sponsor of thugs like Chipangano.”

He alleged that having seen that the plot to split his MDC party has failed, Tsvangirai alleged Zanu PF had resorted to violence.

“What is important to emphasise is that when Zanu PF sees people on the roll, it turns to its default mode which is violence, fear and intimidation,” Tsvangirai said. “We need to recognise that the MDC is a popular movement while Zanu PF has a challenge of converting their harvest of fear, violence and intimidation into popularity.”

Tsvangirai said even in the face of violence, the MDC would continue to engage the people.

“The crisis of Zanu PF is how to turn violence into popularity,” Tsvangirai said. “This should not be a way of intimidating the people. We will continue to pursue the people’s interests.

“We have been victims of Zanu PF for a long time and we are not going to be stopped. We cannot stop our programmes because Zanu PF has thrown a few stones,” said Tsvangirai, who in 2007 was severely beaten up by police.

Despite spirited remonstrations from local Zanu PF MP Amos Midzi, Tsvangirai insisted that the ex-Zanu PF provincial spokesman was behind the violence.

A furious Midzi distanced himself from the attack.

“Ngaararware zvakanaka (Tsvangirai must be sick), I did not even know that there was an MDC rally,” Midzi told the Daily News. “I was busy at the Zanu PF Women’s League conference, which was addressed by the vice president (Joice Mujuru). I only got a call around 7.30 (pm) that some of our supporters had been beaten by MDC thugs.”

Midzi alleged Tsvangirai was “trying to draw Zanu PF into his party internal conflicts”

“Tsvangirai and his MDC are using ancient methods of trying to blame everything on others,” Midzi said. “Everyone knows there is internal conflict within the MDC and Tsvangirai is under attack from his own.”

In a press statement, police said MDC supporters had perpetrated the violence, and said Munyaradzi Chibanda, an MDC supporter who was at Tsvangirai’s rally, allegedly jumped over the Epworth Local Board Durawall and went to Bela Pesi Farm while dressed in his party regalia to provoke Zanu PF supporters.

The police spokesman said Chibanda later went back to the rally where he claimed that he had been assaulted  by unknown people.

“MDC-T youths then ganged and went to Bela Pesi Farm and started to indiscriminately assault Zanu PF supporters among them women and children who were at their homes. In the process 11 Zanu PF supporters were injured while seven houses were damaged,” said the police statement.

“Police have since arrested the following MDC-T supporters; Moses Chindanga (26), Kholawani Makina (29) and Alex Makina (33) who were involved in the assault of Bela Pesi Farm residents.”

Nyathi said “police would like to warn all malcontents who are bent on instigating violence that they will face the full wrath of the law.”

Comments (27)

and those in ICU were beaten ani if Tsvangirai is saying they were at an MDC rally.

Wings of change - 6 May 2014

Sakunatswa ndiye sakubaiwa.

Shepy Tarzy - 6 May 2014

When God say yes no man can say no wait and see Tsvangirayi will rule Zimbabwe.

ETERNAL - 6 May 2014

It is quite unfortunate that political violence still rears its ugly head when we should unite to rebuild our economy. Let us appreciate our differences and embrace unity in diversity for the purpose of national growth. Save lead by example.

Aaron - 6 May 2014

morgan kanausingozvigone zvepolitics regedza mhani. usarambe uchikuvadzisa nekuurayisa vana vevaridzi nepamusaka pwehumbwende hwako. order your supporters to fight back, and with even more vegeance when attacked. 2008 wakatizira Botswana ukasiya masupporters achirakashwa. uri leader werudzii anotadza kusevenzesa his popular support to change things? basa nderekuda kuti kakunganira vape rumbidzo kwauri chete pasina chaunochinja. usapote uchingounganidza vanhu mahara kana vachizongorohwa pasina zvaunoitawo. your supporters must also have enough of your political foolishness mhani tsvangirai.

fight back - 6 May 2014

The Zimbabwe Republic Ploice should act with vigour in dealing with cases of political violence. They should discharge their duties without fear or favour. They should not show impartiality when arresting suspects.

Dumisani Mpofu - 6 May 2014

...partiality...

POINTER - 6 May 2014

Tsvangirai usacheuke miridzo tinosvika chete. ZANU PF chiitirai vanhu zvamaiti tichaita oooooo baabawe inga zvakaoma. Hukuru uhu anamidzi kakaita BMW black muviri wese aka kane mabasa

lofombo - 6 May 2014

Reports say there were thousands of MDC-T suppoters. How many Zanus were there to attack the thousands of MDCs.

wachipfunde - 6 May 2014

Ko Midzi unogoti " i was busy at the women's league.." wave mudzimai here ? kkkk Ko kusiya madzimai akamhanya nenyaya dzavo.

Chimbambaira - 6 May 2014

Why would thugs of zanu pf go to an MDC T rally, what does that mean, mugabe wakura wani, chiita zvinhu semunhu mukuru,

Reason - 6 May 2014

ZANU PF police force they will never nail their comrades for pepetrating kubva kare nakare so hazvitikahlamadzi kuti veMDC ndivo vasungwa voga.

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 6 May 2014

It is disappointing that most Zimbabweans have completely failed to rise above the petty issue of individual MDC leaders and thus missed the bigger and real important story here. In a recent MP Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, one of the renewal rebels, admitted SADC had warned not to take part in the elections until the reforms were implemented. MDC ignored the warning and Mugabe went on to rig the election. This is the real big issue here. In a healthy and functioning democracy the party members, the media and the public would have been demanding all those MDC leaders involved in this stupid and disastrous decision to resign. Not so with Zimbabwean, it is all water off a duck's back! Failing to implement the reforms was a very serious matter whose consequences are both serious and affects the whole nation. Tsvangirai, Biti, Ncube and many others were all involved in this. Their breath-taking incompetence showed they cannot be trusted and therefore they are not fit to hold public office. That people should find themselves torn between the Tsvangirai or Biti camps shows just how superficial their grasp of the situation really is because both leaders are breathtakingly incompetent and therefore not worth the candle.

Wilbert Mukori - 6 May 2014

pasi nengochani!!!

shingi - 7 May 2014

MDC-T yatsvgson always gain support from hardship. Kana ukakuvara, aka sungwa kana kufa zve MDC zvinoita avanokushanyira, MDC enjoys from kutambura kwavanhu asi iyo zanu inoti lets help pple kuti vafadziwe nesu. MDC YOU DO NOT HAVE DIRECTION --- kurova mombe kuti isise mukaka is your approach and you did this by inviting sanctions. Mapera NDARWADZIWA

tibvu - 7 May 2014

so now we are back to square one, Kwatakabva kuya! Mwari ngavapindire.

Johno - 7 May 2014

It's a frenzy pa good to have facts before we talk....People were whipped into a frenzy pa rally and in fact if there were known Biti associates vaifa....MDC people vakatanga kurova vanhu vachibva parally then ZANU people fought back and there was chaos.....Both parties are at fault and hapana ma victims apa....Vanhu vakarovana.....This is why we no longer want Morgan....It is harder to tell the difference btwn MDCT and ZANU yacho..

wezhira wezhara - 7 May 2014

Would these pple have been injured if there was no rally? The elections are in 2018 for crying out loud we shud be busy with our livelihoods. Uyu Tsvangirai anofara kana paita violence, if its not ZANU PF its within his own party, ma securocrats chengetedzai hupenyu kwete at the expense of political freedoms. Very Sad.

Don Wezhira - 7 May 2014

cde midzi,u dont have to have been in epworth when violence took place.u cld have instigated.how does 11 zanu pf supporters get injured against 2 mdc supporters at an mdc rally.come on,how wld u feel if 1 of the 2 hospitalised women were yo child?one day u will be criminalised for this in the name of zanu pf.this is africa

soko - 7 May 2014

cde midzi,u dont have to have been in epworth when violence took place.u cld have instigated.how does 11 zanu pf supporters get injured against 2 mdc supporters at an mdc rally.come on,how wld u feel if 1 of the 2 hospitalised women were yo child?one day u will be criminalised for this in the name of zanu pf.this is africa

soko - 7 May 2014

I am ignorant of the constitution, so correct me if i am wrong, i believe rallies should come just before elections as this could throw all of us into total confusion, it feels like there is an election in the next three months, people are getting injured, houses damaged. Rallies at this stage are a recipe for instability, if this was an amendment to the constitution, it must be revisited, politics first then economics, in other words elections first then government manages the economy. Rallies every day will get in the way of business, hence battles for supremacy in political parties. The politics must go to bed now for people to think positively about the declining economic situation. The clashes we are witnessing are going to blow out of proportion if an immediate solution is not arrived at.

tichaona - 7 May 2014

its a pity that we are still living a country where there is selective application of law! I find it disturbing that only MDC supporters were arrested yet they were the victims. shame shame.

chelsea king v - 7 May 2014

to Tichaona thanks you for your comment which I am going to repaste....I am ignorant of the constitution, so correct me if i am wrong, i believe rallies should come just before elections as this could throw all of us into total confusion, it feels like there is an election in the next three months, people are getting injured, houses damaged. Rallies at this stage are a recipe for instability, if this was an amendment to the constitution, it must be revisited, politics first then economics, in other words elections first then government manages the economy. Rallies every day will get in the way of business, hence battles for supremacy in political parties. The politics must go to bed now for people to think positively about the declining economic situation. The clashes we are witnessing are going to blow out of proportion if an immediate solution is not arrived at. TO MORGAN DO NOT BE TOO DESPARATE AND GET PEOPLE KILLED AND TO THE PPLE OF ZIMBABWE STOP BEING USED BY PEOPLE WITH PERSONAL INTEREST NDAPOTA ZVANGU

kabila - 8 May 2014

News that have been received recently from South Africa have revealed the following election results from Gauteng ANC 5 000, DA 1 200, EFF 500, COPE 200 and ZANU PF has taken an unassailable lead with 20 500 votes. If this trend continues, it means that it is going to be difficult for all the other parties to recover. Bhora mughedhi.

tomasi ndofeni tohwi - 8 May 2014

vaEternal regai ndikuudzei chokwadi ndichiti tsvangirai haambofa akatonga zimbabwe kana ini ndiri mupenyu

igwee - 12 May 2014

to Tichaona and kabila thanks you for your comments guyz which I am going to repaste....I am ignorant of the constitution, so correct me if i am wrong, i believe rallies should come just before elections as this could throw all of us into total confusion, it feels like there is an election in the next three months, people are getting injured, houses damaged. Rallies at this stage are a recipe for instability, if this was an amendment to the constitution, it must be revisited, politics first then economics, in other words elections first then government manages the economy. Rallies every day will get in the way of business, hence battles for supremacy in political parties. The politics must go to bed now for people to think positively about the declining economic situation. The clashes we are witnessing are going to blow out of proportion if an immediate solution is not arrived at. TO MORGAN DO NOT BE TOO DESPARATE AND GET PEOPLE KILLED AND TO THE PPLE OF ZIMBABWE STOP BEING USED BY PEOPLE WITH PERSONAL INTEREST NDAPOTA ZVANGU

igwee - 12 May 2014

SOKO HAMUFUNGI

igwee - 12 May 2014

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