YOUTHS in the opposition MDC aligned to Nelson Chamisa have threatened to prematurely come out of the 21-day national lockdown and unleash bloodbath if the rival camp led by Thokozani Khupe moves into the party headquarters in Harare.
The two camps have been tussling for control of the main party building in central Harare since the Supreme Court ruling last week which reinstated Khupe as the party leader and reduced Chamisa to the portfolio of secretary for policy and research.
However, the two camps have been playing mind games on each other over control of the party headquarters, with reistated MDC Secretary-General Douglas Mwonzora telling State-owned media that he had locked up the offices.
MDC Alliance national youth secretary-general, Stephen Chuma (pictured), yesterday told NewsDay that any attempt by Mwonzora to take over the party offices would be resisted.
“There is an attempt by a hostile one to capture Harvest House (MRT), first to manufacture concerns in the court of public opinion by Douglas Mwonzora and to test the feelings of the people’s movement,” Siziba said.
“The attempt to take over Harvest House (MRT house) will be resisted. We want to make it very clear in no uncertain terms that Harvest House is our headquarters and we are to defend it with our blood.”
Siziba added: “As the general secretary of the youth assembly I am mandated to communicate that position to Zanu PF that any attempt to take over will be the end of the lockdown.
“I am also communicating the party’s position to the democratic forces that we are prepared to surrender ourselves before we can surrender our party headquarters.”
But Zanu-PF distanced itself from the MDC leadership fights.