ZANU PF youths in Manicaland Province have denied allegations that they were involved in the alleged attempt on MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s life in Mutare on Tuesday afternoon.
Chamisa reportedly survived an assassination attempt in Mutare as he travelled from Chipinge District where he had interfaced with traditional leaders and villagers.
Speaking on Wednesday during a press conference at ZANU PF Manicaland offices, the District Coordinating Committee (DCC) secretary for youth affairs, Danmore Mambondiyani, who was implicated in the alleged assassination attempt, said the incident was stage-managed. He said:
One can see the claims of attacks and gunshots by the MDC Alliance are merely a continuation of a failed Black Operations strategy aimed at smearing the integrity of the government and the people of Zimbabwe.
… Chamisa wants to tarnish the name of our nation and our hardworking youths in all districts despite that he is enjoying roads recently surfaced by President Mnangagwa.
Probably he may be seeking support for fundraising a vehicle which he is longing for.
He is trying to hobnob with sponsors so that he will continue enjoying the newly surfaced roads across the country.
He said he will take legal action against those who named him among the suspects behind the plot to assassinate Chamisa on Tuesday. Said Mambondiyani:
Yes, my name was fingered in this purported assassination. My name is Mambondiyani and obviously, the media makes a lot of money with the name.
A police report has been made and we are actually going to sue them for using my name in cases that do not involve me.
As hardworking Zanu PF youths, we dedicate our time and focus on rebuilding the country.