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THREE MDC-T youths have been arrested after violent clashes at a weekend rally with party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, accusing Zanu PF of masterminding the fighting.

Tsvangirai said 14 of his supporters were injured during the skirmishes, including two women who suffered broken bones.

But police spokesperson, Paul Nyathi said 14 Zanu PF supporters were assaulted and seven homes destroyed by MDC-T supporters.

Said Nyathi: “This follows an incident where an MDC-T supporter, Munyaradzi Chibanda, who was at the MDC-T rally addressed by Morgan Tsvangirai, jumped over the Epworth Local Board durawall and went to Bela Pesi dressed in his party regalia.

“He later went back to the rally and claimed that he had been assaulted by unknown people. MDC-T youths then ganged up and went to Bela Pesi farm and started to indiscriminately assault Zanu PF supporters among them women and children who were at their homes.

“In the process, 11 Zanu PF supporters were injured while seven homes were damaged.”

Tsvangirai accused Zanu PF party of sponsoring the violence and fingered sitting ruling party MP for the area, Amos Midzi, for allegedly orchestrating the attack on his supporters.

The chaos was only stopped after riot police intervened and threw teargas canisters to disperse the crowd as MDC-T activists fought back to defend their territory.

MDC-T National Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa said: “Zanu PF brought people after the singing of the national anthem and prayer, they started attacking people.

“Our youths did what they could for their safety instead of retaliating.”

Tsvangirai and Chamisa visited some of the victims, among them Tambudzai Kalandi and Florence Motsi who were admitted at a local private hospital.

“Having seen that the plot to split the party has failed, ZANU PF has resorted to what it knows best: violence,” said the former prime minister.

Kalandi is in the intensive care unit, having suffered multiple body injuries including a broken leg, while Motsi sustained severe head injuries.

Nyathi said the MDC-T should stop the blame game and admit that its youths are violent and caused the skirmishes.

“Police would like to warn all malcontents who are bent on instigating violence that they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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