by Paidamoyo Mutsvairo
MDC-T district executive member for Gokwe North, Farai Simbi recently assaulted an Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA) employee, Simbarashe Mudyamunda over payment of cotton bales.
Simbi had gone to enquire on payment of his cotton bales that he had delivered to Copper Queen Cotton Buying Point two weeks before. Upon his arrival, Simbi noticed that Mudyamunda was wearing a Zanu PF t-shirt and this did not go down well with him. Ironically, Simbi was also wearing an MDC-T t-shirt.
Out of anger, the MDC-T district executive member went on to confront Mudyamunda demanding for instant payment of cotton bales. He blamed and insulted President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the late payment of his cotton.
Although Mudyamunda tried to give out his position that payment of cotton bales is a process which passes through many stages, Simbi continued to demand immediate payment. His anger further sprouted to an extent that he tore Mudyamunda’s t-shirt into pieces and physically attacked him with a fist on his face before pushing him against a tree, resulting in Mudyamunda sustaining facial bruises and a broken arm.
The case was reported to Nembudziya Police Station and Simbi is on the police wanted list.
The MDC-T has been fingered as the most violent political party in this election period. According to the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) recent report, the MDC-T recorded the highest number of political violence cases with 16 cases reported in the month of June alone.
ZPP attributed most of the MDC-T political violence to chaotic primary elections among other issues.