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TWO Zanu PF legislators chased each other on the streets of Kwekwe in their fancy cars before coming to blows Sunday in brawl thought to be linked to the ruling party’s factional fights.

Kwekwe Central MP, Masango Matambanadzo admitted fighting with Owen Ncube (Gokwe-Kana) in public at Kwekwe’s Amaveni Shopping Centre over allegations of fanning violence in the Midlands City.

Matambanadzo claimed that Ncube, long considered Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s enforcer in the Midlands, uses party meetings to denounce him because he comes from Mashonaland West, one of Vice President Joice Mujuru’s support bases.

Mnangagwa and Mujuru are said to be battling to replace President Robert Mugabe who turned 90 this year.

“The problem with these people is that they say I should not be an MP in the Midlands since I am from Mashonaland West,” Matambanadzo told the Herald.

Relating Sunday’s fight, the Kwekwe MP added: “He (Ncube) denounced me at the provincial outreach meeting at Queens Club on Friday when I arrived and the youths started cheering and lifting me.

“(Ncube) then came to Amaveni Shopping Centre yesterday (Sunday) where I stay and started addressing the youths whom he instructed to burn my car and my shop where I stay, claiming that I am not loyal to the party and its leadership.

“I got wind of it and when I drove to where he was addressing the youths, he got into the car and sped off, but I chased after him with my car and caught up with him.

“When I confronted him over why he wanted the youths to burn my car and shop, he assaulted me once before I retaliated.

“He was lucky he sped off, I wanted to teach him a lesson because I was very angry with him.”

Ncube however, denied the misunderstanding degenerated into blows.

“We did not fight with Cde Matambanadzo. I never had an altercation with him.”

But an eye witness said: “Matambanadzo chased after Ncube when he was driving off before overtaking and blocking him. “He confronted him saying: ‘what are you doing in my constituency?’ He then assaulted him. Cde Ncube reported at (Kwekwe) Central Police Station.”

Midlands ZRP chief, Assistant Commissioner Musarashana Mabunda, said they were waiting for full details of the fight.

“When we have full details, we will hand them over to police national spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba,” he said.

Meawnhile, Matambandzo said this was not the first time Ncube’s group had targeted him.

“It is not the first time they are attacking me. A few years ago they burnt my 290 tobacco bales and destroyed my Combine Harvester.

“I don’t understand why he is de-campaigning me because his constituency, Gokwe-Kana, is about 200 kilometres from my constituency.”

Last month Ncube reportedly lost property worth $300,000 when his Kwekwe house was gutted by fire in a suspected arson attack.

“It is true my house went up in smoke. Nobody was hurt during the inferno, but all the property was destroyed and the total loss including the value of the house should be over $300 000,” Ncube said at the time.

The incident came hardly a month after a farmhouse belonging to Mnangagwa’s son, Emmerson Junior, also went up in smoke destroying property worth over $100,000.

Source : New Zimbabwe