Morgen Komichi Claims MDC Alliance Wanted To Burn Down Harvest House
6 June 2020
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Buoyant Supreme Court reinstated MDC-T National Chairman Morgen Komichi says that his party is hard at work “auditing” works of the MDC Alliance at the party headquarters in Harare.

Komichi claimed that they have sort police and army security because the MDC Alliance wants to burn down the iconic Harvest House building.

Komichi said yesterday: “Yes, I can confirm that we have finally occupied our headquarters, Richard Morgan Tsvangirai House (Harvest House). We are currently carrying out an audit of party assets such as vehicles, furniture, books of accounts and party offices in all the provinces and appropriate action will be taken at the appropriate time. The legitimate leadership of the MDC party has finally occupied their head office,” said Senator Komichi.

He said the occupation of Harvest House was a fulfilment of the Supreme Court ruling that stated that everything that was presided over by Mr Chamisa, since he illegally took over the reins of the party in 2018, was null and void.

He added that since Mr Chamisa had claimed to be the leader of the MDC Alliance he cannot lay claim to Harvest House whose ownership is enshrined in the party’s constitution to be the MDC-T.

Komichi claimed threats of violence from loyalists of the MDC-A, who he claims threatened to burn down Harvest House and also to physically deal with senior members of the MDC, Komichi said they then engaged the police for their security and also to protect party properties.

“Chamisa and his team mobilised hooligans to burn the building as a way of stopping us from occupying the party offices. They had mobilised people to make noise in town so we informed the police,” said Mr Komichi.

Yesterday police blocked MDC-A leaders from entering Harvest House.

Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest of the MDC-A leaders for “violating the national lockdown.”

“There was an influx of people in Harare central business district this afternoon (yesterday) in violation of Statutory Instruments related to Covid-19 with regards to health, security and safety of the public.

“In the same vein, Tendai Biti, Vongai Tome, Gladys Hlatshwayo, Louis Chimhini, Lynette Karenyi Kore and Lovemore Chonoputsa who were part of a group who had illegally gathered in the Harare central business district, were arrested for violating Covid-19 lockdown regulations,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.

MDC-A secretary general Chalton Hwende confirmed yesterday that they had been removed from Harvest House.

“Yes I can confirm that MDC-T led by Dr Khupe is now in charge of Richard Morgan Tsvangirai House but they were assisted by the police,” he said.