By News Editor
Youths aligned to MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa on Saturday resisted a hostile takeover of the party office in Kwekwe by activists aligned to MDC-T interim leader Thokozani Khupe. The battle to control the country’s main opposition party between Chamisa and Khupe has intensified in recent weeks after Khupe has since taken control of the MDC party headquarters Harvest House in Harare. Midlands provincial youth executive members aligned to Chamisa on Saturday told journalists in Kwekwe that they were going to defend the party premises. Midlands Deputy Youth Chairperson Thembinkosi Mulahleki said the Khupe faction had threatened to use security forces to kick them from the premises. “We are the custodians of this building. There is no legal document for eviction which they (Khupe faction) produced, there is no eviction order to support that they are the real owners of this premises. Under normal circumstances it is the duty of the deputy Sheriff who will be in a position of a court order.”To our surprise they forced their way. We are very clear in our support for Advocate Pastor Nelson Chamisa. As a party we will remain focused, we will defend our party legally and politically, we will put everything within our means to make sure everything we do is done properly and legally. We are going to defend our building up until we see real reasons that states that they are the real owners of the building,” he said.The youth leader further added that they will not be bullied by the Khupe group before adding that a Councillor from Redcliff Nyasha Benza was among the people who had stormed the office. “Fifteen people amongst them councillor Nyasha Benza from Redcliff stormed this building and disrupted our meeting. They told us that we were supposed to vacate the premises before the group verbally assaulted us and threatened to unleash security forces on us if we dont vacate the premises,” Mulahleki who was flanked by provincial youth chairperson Sekai Marashe said.”Evictions are done legally,” Mulahleki said.