The MDC hang­man is back in town

The Manica Post - - Analysis - Chigumbu Warikandwa Post Cor­re­spon­dent

“IF Mugabe will not go peace­fully, we will re­move him vi­o­lently!” Th­ese words earned Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai a date with the police and the courts af­ter he had un­wit­tingly said th­ese words at a rally 17 years ago.

Ever since that day, the MDC-T has made sev­eral vi­o­lent dates within and with­out its rank and file.

The party’s pen­chant for vi­o­lence, fu­elled by its frus­tra­tions over dis­mal per­for­mance on the elec­toral field, has not spared its own chil­dren ei­ther. Dur­ing its elec­tive congress in 2014 which was dis­guised as a demo­cratic process (for the con­ve­nience of sani­tis­ing their name) saw schools of vi­o­lent mobs at­tack­ing each other with the in­ten­tion of in­flu­enc­ing the process.

As fate would have it, vi­o­lence won the day on that fate­ful congress as the favoured youth­ful sec­re­tary gen­eral can­di­date, Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa lost the vote to Mr Dou­glas Mwon­zora, a can­di­date who was emerg­ing from the woods.

Both men had pre­vi­ously been na­tional spokesper­sons of the party which Adv Chamisa won through his elo­quent dis­charge of the duty.

The 2014 vi­o­lence played at the Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trates’ Courts, with ri­val gangs of the party threat­en­ing each other ac­tively and pas­sively in front of the courts of law.

So fla­grant is the MDC’s re­spect for the rule of law and State in­sti­tu­tions that only this week, the party’s sup­port­ers are up in the courts again for the mur­der of a duty uni­formed police of­fi­cer.

Sev­eral at­tempts at the in­no­cent lives of the police of­fi­cers have seen some be­ing vi­o­lently at­tacked, some dy­ing, some left for dead, while oth­ers are maimed for life, threat­en­ing their fam­i­lies to penury.

Police have in­ves­ti­gated the party be­fore on al­leged acts of vi­o­lence, es­pe­cially tar­geted at the police, its mem­bers, sup­port­ers and op­po­nents at large. Never has the party lead­er­ship raised a sin­gle fin­ger against vi­o­lence, even if such vi­o­lence has been meted at its own rank and file.

Three mem­bers of the party are serv­ing 20-year sen­tences for the mur­der of a duty uni­formed police of­fi­cer, In­spec­tor Pet­ros Mut­edza in Glen View in 2008 dur­ing vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions or­gan­ised and funded by the party. What the party ap­pears to for­get is that peo­ple do not eat vi­o­lence; nei­ther does the econ­omy grow from vi­o­lence.

A cou­ple of years ago, MDC-T leader, Mr Ts­van­gi­rai threat­ened the na­tional in­fra­struc­ture with vi­o­lence as a means of sab­o­tag­ing the Zanu-PF Gov­ern­ment.

It is dur­ing the same time, that a mas­sive surge in theft and van­dal­ism of pub­lic util­i­ties in­fra­struc­ture was recorded, a move that crip­pled ser­vice de­liv­ery in a very huge way.

The Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe, the Zim­babwe Elec­tric­ity Sup­ply Author­ity and the pub­lic tele­phone util­ity, Tel-One suf­fered from well co-or­di­nated theft syn­di­cates of trans­mit­ter and com­mu­ni­ca­tions wire. To­gether with the theft of th­ese, trans­former oil theft be­came the or­der of the day.

The NRZ’s elec­tri­fied stretch be­tween Harare and Dabuka, Gweru, saw its last days dur­ing this same pe­riod in ques­tion. How shiploads of tele­graph and cop­per trans­mit­ter ca­bles found a ready mar­ket and pas­sage to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries was true tes­ti­mony that the MDC had ex­trater­ri­to­rial pow­ers help­ing it in this re­gard.

On June 29, 2017, another duty uni­formed cop, Talk­more Phiri, was fa­tally as­saulted with­out provo­ca­tion by MDC-T se­cu­rity de­tails dis­guised as street ven­dors man­ning the party’s head­quar­ters, Har­vest House along Nel­son Man­dela Av­enue in Harare.

The MDC-T has lately de­vel­oped blood­thirsti­ness for police of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing those go­ing about their nor­mal du­ties of main­tain­ing law and or­der.

This day in ques­tion was a peace­ful and tran­quil day which lacked any threat of pub­lic dis­tur­bances and dis­or­der. It baf­fles the mind then how un­pro­voked as­sailants could fa­tally strike an in­no­cent civil ser­vant in such a sav­age man­ner.

The MDC ap­pears obliv­i­ous that vi­o­lence begets vi­o­lence and this is not good for na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

Zim­bab­weans are nat­u­rally peace lov­ing peo­ple who frown at any form of vi­o­lence and would ob­vi­ously not sup­port any party that thrives on vi­o­lence.

MDC sup­port­ers demon­strate in Harare on Wed­nes­day

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