Court orders MDC-Alliance off Harvest House

By ZBC Reporter
The Harare Magistrate Court has ordered the MDC Alliance to vacate Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, which was taken over by youths belonging to the Nelson Chamisa led party.

In an application filed by MDC-T Secretary General, Douglas Mwonzora this Monday, MDC Alliance members including its leader, Nelson Chamisa, Paul Gorekore, Happymore Chidziva and Denford Ngadziore were cited as respondents.

After the hearing, the court ordered the MDC Alliance to hand over the premises to the MDC-T leadership and release security personnel being held hostage by the new occupants.

Information gathered by ZBC News indicates that after the takeover of the Richard Morgan Tsvangirai House on Monday, Mwonzora and other party officials had to conduct official party business from their cars.

On Monday, youths aligned to the Chamisa faction went on a rampage in Harare’s central business district (CBD), blocking traffic as they fought running battles among themselves, not only in violation of the current Covid-19 lockdown measures but also the rule of law.

Amid the deepening factional fights that are fed by greed, and the flagrant abuse of due processes in the opposition movement, former spokesperson of the MDC, Mr Obert Gutu speaking to The Herald described his former allies as a “group of foolish flies that are following a corpse into the grave”.

“This is a race to the bottom. All the various MDC factions that are currently involved in this blood-letting and self-cannibalisation are losers because there are no winners in a race to the bottom. In fact, there’s absolutely no method to this madness. The MDC as a viable and strong opposition political party is now history.

“It’s dead and buried. Trust me. Maybe from the ashes of the MDC will emerge various political parties, but the chances of reconciliation of all these various antagonistic factions are virtually zero,” said Mr Gutu.

Since its formation in 1999, the MDC has suffered several splits as competition for resources from their handlers has often caused divisions and insatiable avarice.

The MDC has had splits more than three times, notably in 2005, when Professor Welshman Ncube led a faction (MDC-N) away from the late Morgan Tsvangirai outfit, then in 2014 when Mr Tendai Biti left to form his own People Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014 and in 2018 Mr Chamisa violently grabbed power from Dr Khupe after the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai, leading to an acrimonious fallout.

Attempts by the factions to close ranks have failed as the factions continue to splinter.