The August 16 ‘Free Zimbabwe’ protests have triggered accusations and counter accusations between the MDC and Zanu PF with the two parties embroiled in a war of words over who was responsible for violence.
MDC youth wing spokesperson Stephen Sarcozy Chuma and ZANU PF secretary of the national youth league Pupurai Togarepi have been playing ‘ blame games’ in the post August 16 period.
In a statement released Tuesday, Chuma said Togarepi is trying to portray an all innocent attitude and trying to implicate the MDC in the protests that saw the police being violent to peaceful protesters on Friday.
“Togarepi exhibited quantums of ideological dissonance by trying to sanitize ZANU PF on the violence hand that was unleashed on innocent civilians by the police, “ he said.
He said prior to the demos, Togarepi threatened to take drastic action if the MDC were to go ahead with the planned demonstrations.
“This is the very man who threatened a big pro political movement ,MDC with extinction if the party was to go ahead with its plan to hold a peaceful demonstrations on that fateful day,” he added.
Chuma further said Togarepi’s previous threats meant that ZANU PF would unleash violence towards peaceful protesters.
“True to his word, the world witnessed scenes of violence that has never been seen before as ZANU PF youths clad in police attire terrorized and brutalized unarmed and defenceless citizens on the streets of Harare,” he noted.
Togarepi, on the other hand, has been holding a series of press conferences in regards the protests and he has not uttered kind words for the MDC protests where he emphasized on the ‘unconstitutionality’ of violence in any demo world over.