Rowdy MDC supporters heckle Commissioners

By Bruce Zvandasara

There was chaos at the venue of inquiries by the Commission of Inquiry to the August 1 incidents when the MDC rowdy supporters heckled the Commissioners when Pardington Japajapa, an MDC activist was giving his testimony before the commission.

It has become a norm for MDC supporters to heckle individuals, a behaviour which was described as juvenile in the political arena.

Japajapa’s testimony was more of a historical narrative flawed with inconsistencies and evidence not relevant before the Commission. The Commission is investigating into the August 1 2018 incidents other than the 1975 issues raised by Japajapa, argued one political analyst.

The Commission had asked Japajapa to round up his long lecture which analysts said was not relevant before the Commission. However, the MDC supporters who flocked the venue became rowdy shouting at the Chairperson  and demanding that Japajapa be given time to give his testimony.

They yelled mocking the Commission that Gabriel Chaibva who once gave his testimony before the Commission was given more time and likewise Japajapa should be given more time.

Muregerei ataure inga Chaibva makamupa nguva wani (let him give his testimony, don’t stop him. You gave Gabriel Chaibva ample time),” shouted the supporters.

Japajapa interjected shouting at the Commission that Chaibva was given the opportunity to “waffle and talk nonsense” without any interjection from the Commission.

“Chaibva was given more time to waffle and talk nonsense before this Commission so likewise l want to be given the same opportunity,” yelled Japajapa.

Japajapa torched the storm when he threatened to unleash series of demonstrations in the country on July 31 2018 if his preferred candidate, Nelson Chamisa is not declared winner of the elections.