Arms discovery – “plot to derail congress”

HARARE – The ‘discovery’ of an arms cache just before the MDC congress is a government ploy to derail it said party spokesman Nelson Chamisa this week.


“We wish to state categorically, that while we believe Zimbabweans have lost faith and confidence in elections, our desire to effect democratic change shall be realised through peaceful, democratic resistance,” he said.

Mutare South legislator Giles Mutsekwa and the MDC’s Manicaland treasurer Brian James were arrested following the discovery of the weapons at the home Peter Hitschmann.

The state appears to be linking Hitschmann with Tsvangirai’s MDC faction but Chamisa said the man was now a member of the police’s special constabulary auxiliary unit.

Chamisa said the government – which has openly shown more hostility against Tsvangirai’s wing of the MDC – wanted to use the weapons discovery to arrest prominent figures of the faction and scupper the congress, which Tsvangirai hopes to use to galvanise his supporters for what he has said shall be a programme of popular resistance against Mugabe and the ruling party party.

“The dictatorship is disturbed by this event (upcoming congress), given that earlier attempts to destroy the party over the Senate election failed dismally,” Chamisa said. – ZimOnline

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