Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana says the alleged attack on MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa and his convoy in Masvingo this Monday was a stage-managed drama designed to hoodwink visiting Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan into the false belief the opposition was not safe under the Zanu PF led government.
MDC Alliance said Monday that its leader was ambushed by a group of alleged Zanu PF supporters numbering up to 200 amid claims some of his aides were injured in the attack.
“#VIOLENCE rocked Charumbira area as President Advocate Nelson Chamisa’s convoy and advance delegation was violently attacked by hired thugs. Members of the team were badly injured & ferried to hospital. Burning logs were used to beat up the delegation & block the road to Charumbira Village,” MDC Alliance said via its social media handles.
But Mangwana, who is also Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, said on twitter that the incident was a staged managed affair.
“We are in the even of #COP26 and the Special Rapporteur’s engagement is about to happen. Do you know what else has started? The Dramas,” he said.
Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan is due to visit the country 18 to 28 October 2021.
The MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said the alleged incident was a result of “the regime” feared the opposition leader.