MDC claims Vanguard has been disbanded

HARARE - Nelson Chamisa’s MDC yesterday claimed it has disbanded a youth-led outfit called The Order of the Vanguard (Vanguard).

Describing it as “an otherwise peaceful and disciplined team of MDC youths”, Lovemore Chinoputsa, the secretary-general of the MDC Youth Assembly, said the Vanguard “has since been disbanded on the orders of the national council, the party’s supreme decision-making body in between congresses.”

This comes after service chiefs that testified at the ongoing Motlanthe Commission of Inquiry arrogated responsibility of the August 1, shootings that claimed six lives to the outfit.

Chinoputsa claimed the Vanguard was disbanded soon after the “unfortunate incidences” of intra-party violence in Buhera at the burial of the late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died on Valentines Day.

“The Vanguard was a team of youths that went about peaceful drills at party events but was misinterpreted by political detractors as a violent outfit. On the orders of the party leadership, the Vanguard was disbanded. What is missed is that the Vanguard was not a terrorist or military term but rather it is leftist diction that refers to ideologically correct party cadres. In any case, the Vanguard was not an armed outfit,” he said.

 

Comments (3)

MDC's terrorist army called the Vanguard? Why disband a peaceful organisation that's doing good deeds? Chamisa should get ready to pay his debt to the people of Zim.

Buns Tinobvinex - 14 November 2018

Chinoputsa ndiye aakuti vanguard takaiputsa? Manje sooo! Chamisa politics chaidzo haadzizive. Akavhiringidzwa pfungwa nana Mahoso pa poly vaingotaura zve Vanguard Party, one party state and socialism. Now he takes that to goons who are like the green bombers or madzakutsaku. Moda kupisira munhu mumba pa funeral. Iyewo Ganyiswa idzungu, ego ne road rage, uchifunga kuti une power! Congress haudi, ma mayor anosarudzwa ne vanhu haudi, zvako chete ndozvinoita, NDIYO DEMOCRACY YACHO HERE nhai MDC-Alliance?? A pipe dream indeed!! Hameno ikoko ku Alliance!!

Will Blackman - 15 November 2018

Who has ever been terrorised by MDC? Cases of isolated incidents have been brought to the courts over the years. The real architects of violence are in Zanu PF whose former leader RGM publicly proclaimed that "we have degrees in violence". Noone in Zanu PF, including the present noisemakers within ZPF, said a word against that. One of ZPF's slogans is "Zanu ndeye ropa" this can mean literally it is a "bloody" party. Soldiers killed civilians on 1st Aug period. Trying to blame this on a party which has no resources to even buy guns for insurgency is a deliberate attempt to distract the world from the glaring failure of ZPF on all fronts that matter: health, jobs, industry, economics and common sense etc

Sagitarr - 15 November 2018

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