A Correspondent- Zanu PF has laboured to exonerate its members from Masvingo’s Monday attacks on MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
Chamisa and his team were attacked again yesterday by ruling party supporters, who barricaded roads to deny his convoy access to a local village.
It is alleged that the ruling party supporters, who were chanting slogans, were accompanied by the police.
Addressing a Press conference in Harare, Zanu PF acting commissar Patrick Chinamasa said Chamisa, who is currently undertaking community interface meetings around the country as he mobilises support ahead of the 2023 elections, was entirely to blame.
“What I heard happened in Masvingo was that the opposition leader wanted to force himself on an audience which did not want to listen to him,” Chinamasa said.
“He had no right to force people to listen to him. He had a right to address people but only those who were willing to be addressed by him.”
A group of about 200 Zanu PF supporters brandishing placards denouncing Chamisa for the sanctions imposed by the West on the country pounced on the opposition leaders, damaging cars and injuring five opposition supporters.
Zanu PF initially claimed the protest was stage-managed.
But Chinamasa yesterday said the villagers were angered because a “madman” wanted to address them.
“In this case, my information is that the villagers did not want to be addressed by him for obvious reasons. If you listen to a madman, you become part of his cast, you will be portrayed as part of his cast, he will then go ahead and say, I have lots of support, which he does not have.
“So our Zanu PF people have a right to say, we don’t want you to address us, we don’t want to, it’s my right, but if you force me to listen to you, I have reason to be angry.”