ZANU-PF Matabeleland South provincial offices in Gwanda were on Sunday sprayed with graffiti, denouncing the ruling party and calling for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to step down.
Residents of the mining town woke up to find the ruling party offices inscribed with messages denouncing Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF and Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs minister Abednico Ncube.
However, a finger has reportedly been pointed at MDC Alliance “thugs” trying to divert attention from the national prayer and fasting day announced by Mnangagwa which saw him leading a prayer session at State House on Monday.
Matabeleland South police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele referred questions to the national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi.
“On that one, talk to the national police spokesperson,” Ndebele said.
Efforts to get a comment from Nyathi were futile as he was said to be in a meeting.
However, a source in the ruling party yesterday said they suspected MDC Alliance “thugs” for the graffiti and were doing their best to bring the culprits to book.
“You can see the timing of the graffiti is meant to divert attention from the business of the day. However, we would like to warn the opposition that we would not be distracted by their antics but remain with the people and help them with the fight against COVID-19 as well as improving their livelihoods,” he said.
Contacted for comment, Nelson Chamisa’s spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda distanced his boss and MDC Alliance, saying it was the work of hungry and angry citizens.
“These are hungry and angry Zimbabweans,” Sibanda said.
The Zanu-PF source dispelled claims that the work could have been triggered by factional fights in the ruling party
“That is pure imagination and day-dreaming. There are no factions in Zanu-PF. Everyone rallies behind our leadership led by President Mnangagwa who is also our 2023 presidential election candidate. Those who wish the party to have factions may they go hang,” the source added.
There have been reports of factional fights in the ruling party which triggered rumours about an imminent coup to topple the Mnangagwa government. However the Joint Operation Command dispelled the rumours and pointed fingers at the MDC Alliance, some churches, civic organisations and foreign embassies domiciled in Zimbabwe for fighting an irregular “warfare” to effect regime change.