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.