THE fight for control of the opposition MDC’s regional offices in Matabeleland North has taken on a fresh dimension after the courts in Hwange on Monday granted a peace order barring the Arthur Mutambara faction from using the premises.
align=justify>A Hwange court ordered that an employee of the Tsvangirai faction, Michael Phiri, currently working at the offices, should not be interfered with in executing his duties.
The Mutambara MDC on Wednesday challenged the peace order. A magistrate deferred the hearing to a later date.
At the same time there have been claims that the Mutambara faction’s administration officer, Gertrude Simango, was forced to flee after receiving death threats.
Spokesperson for Tsvangirai’s camp, Nelson Chamisa, this week dismissed the whole incident as minor and said his party was not concerned about who occupies which offices in the country.
“The MDC is committed to non-violence and that remains the guiding principle of the party,” Chamisa said.
“But it is regrettable that there are individuals in the struggle who are concerning themselves with shadow boxing. We are not worried about who occupies what offices in the struggle to liberate Zimbabwe.”
Abednico Bhebhe of the Arthur Mutambara group said they would wait for the outcome of the appeal made in the courts on Wednesday.
“We have always been in control of the premises and people who moved into the party offices did so after the administrator had fled following death threats over the phone,” Bhebhe said.
Police in Hwange confirmed that they intervened in the matter on Monday. — Staff Writer.