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Assailants burn-down MDC Headquarters

By Daniel Chigundu

Unknown assailants are suspected to have bombed MDC’s iconic headquarters Harvest House, the party has confirmed.

Harvest House has been the party’s headquarters since its formation in the late 90s and has been attacked before by both.

While details of what transpired are still sketchy, Zengeza West legislator Job Sikhala wrote that “as we speak 10 vehicles without number plates arrived and broke into Harvest House and took speakers. Entered in and burn it and sped away.

“Harvest House burnt ladies and gentlemen, our HQ is on fire as we speak,” he said.

Patson Dzamara who is close to MDC wrote on his Twitter that “we are receiving information that Morgan Tsvangirai House formerly known as Harvest House has been set on fire,” he said.

Nelson Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda appears to be accusing Zanu PF when he wrote that “we certainly have a terrorist organisation in Zimbabwe when they have a problem with managing the country they burn HQs.

“The bombed the MDC HQ, hoping to destroy us, they bombed Daily News and now they just burned MRT House.

“Boko Haram is in Zimbabwe. Why would Zanu PF do this?

The burning down of Harvest House comes at a time when police stations, police vehicles and private vehicles were burnt around the country following violent demonstrations linked to fuel price increases.

Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume condemned the attack and called on the police to do their job.

“Typical Zanu PF DNA in arson, theft and thuggery.

“We condemn these acts and hope that the law will take its course as opposed to placing all the efforts on condemning MDC solidarity messages,” he said.

Commenting on the issue, MDC Youth Assembly chairperson Happymore Chidziva warned the Zanu PF Youth Wing adding that the MDC silence should not be mistaken for weakness.

“…We, however, want to warn Zanu PF youths that our silence does not mean weakness, neither does exercising restraint mean we cannot defend ourselves.

“Be warned. Do not provoke us, we remain unshaken, firm and resolute,” he said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to be the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network as news editor for their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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