By Nancy Samuriwo, HourlyHits Reporter
VIOLENCE erupted in Charumbira Village, Gutu in Masvingo Province this Monday afternoon when suspected Zanu-PF supporters blocked main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s convoy from accessing parts of the village.
MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said the ruling party youths stoned Chamisa’s convoy and barricaded the road while chanting revolutionary slogans.
The skirmishes left some vehicles extensively damaged while some opposition members were injured and ferried to hospital, Mahere said.
“Over 200 youths mobilized by ZANU PF have violently attacked President Chamisa’s convoy and advance team on their way to meet community leaders in Masvingo.
“They stoned cars, barricaded roads with burning logs and assaulted members of our team who’ve now been hospitalized,” said Mahere.
The opposition party said the political violence being meted out at its leader Nelson Chamisa’s delegation in Masvingo was cause for concern.
“Barricading roads with burning logs and chanting hate speech is primitive politics. The regime is terrified of citizens converging for change,” said the MDC Alliance.
In photos shared by the party, a Toyota Fortuner SUV can be seen with a shattered windscreen and damaged body after the attacks.
Video footage shows scores of villagers blocking the dusty road while holding placards and chanting as they advance menacingly towards the approaching vehicles.
Even the vehicle occupants can be heard debating whether or not to proceed with their mission.
With elections coming in 2023, observers already project a hotly contested poll as the political environment has already grown tense.
Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana has said the attack is staged by the Chamisa-led party to attract international sympathy ahead of a global summit and the visit to Zimbabwe by a United Nations Rapporteur on sanctions.
“We are in the even of #COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference) and the UN Special Rapporteur’s engagement is about to happen. Do you know what else has started? The Dramas,” said Mangwana.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF director of communications Tafadzwa Mugwadi was yet to respond to a request for comment.