Total chaos in Harare CBD as 20 men storm Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House


Brilliant Chitute (31) and Godfrey Nzou Tula (37), two activists who were part of a group that recently stormed Harvest House in central Harare, appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi yesterday. The pair faced charges of public violence and were ordered to return to court today for a bail application.

According to the prosecution led by Mr Rufaro Chonzi, the alleged incident occurred on Monday at approximately 3:30 PM. Chitute and Tula, along with about 18 other individuals who remain at large, approached four security personnel, namely Yusuf Nigel Madi, Joseph Tonderai Madziwa, Tendai Medzani, and Gibson Saruwaka, who were on duty at Morgan Richard Tsvangirai (Harvest House).

The accused individuals reportedly stormed into Harvest House through the main entrance without seeking permission. Chitute was in possession of a new lock, while Tula had a new chain. Once at the security checkpoint, Chitute, Tula, and their accomplices closed the main gate and attempted to lock the screen gate at the main entrance of Harvest House using their own lock and chain.

An altercation ensued between the victims and the accused individuals, during which the victims were allegedly assaulted with fists and the chain. The victims sought assistance from other members of the MDC-T, who operate from the front of Harvest House.

During the incident, approximately eighteen other accused individuals managed to escape from the scene, leaving Chitute and Tula behind. However, they were subsequently overpowered and apprehended by the victims.

Following the assault, Yusuf Nigel Madi sustained a cut on his forehead and received treatment at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital. A medical examination report was issued in connection with his injuries. Although the other victims did not seek medical treatment, they reported experiencing body pains. Additionally, Joseph Tonderai Madziwa had his shirt torn during the scuffle.

The matter was reported to ZRP Harare Central, and the Harare Central District Reaction Group swiftly responded, taking custody of the accused individuals.

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