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OPPOSITION MDC-T chairman Lovemore Moyo has let the cat out of the bag by telling the High Court he was aware of the identity of people who attacked expelled deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma two months ago.

“Applicant was attacked by the district chairpersons for fanning factionalism and going to the press. He was attacked for trying to circumvent the democratic process in the party,” the ex-Speaker of Parliament said.

Moyo said Mangoma was been attacked by the party activists because he was facing various allegations that he did not try to refute.

“Further he was accused of bribery. He had an opportunity to defend himself but he did not. He never asked for an opportunity to rebut the allegations that were being raised by the district chairpersons against him,” the former Matobo lawmaker told the High Court.

As the acrimonious leadership fight in the opposition party escalated, former Energy Minister Mangoma was violently attacked outside the MDC-T’s Harvest House headquarters in Harare.

Mangoma claimed Tsvangirai instigated the violence but the former Prime Minister denied the charges.

On the other hand MDC-T information chief, Douglas Mwonzora, blamed the incident on Zanu PF infiltration and claimed police were reluctant to apprehend an identified suspect.

“We have identified an individual who is not known to the MDC have given evidence to the police. However for some reason the police seem unwilling to arrest or at the very least try and question the suspect,” said Mwonzora.

Mwonzora has acted as legal counsel to a number of party activists arrested for the Mangoma assault.

The former energy minister Mangoma drew the ire of Tsvangirai loyalists after he told the former trade unionist he had failed and should step down to allow the party to choose a new leader.

The MDC-T has since effectively split into two after a faction now fronted by secretary general Tendai Biti suspended Tsvangirai and six other leaders for leadership failure, violence and usurping the party constitution.

The former premier responded by expelling Biti and his allies on charges of convening a “bogus and illegal” meeting.

Source : New Zimbabwe