By News Editor
Redcliff Councillor Nyasha Benza has dismissed reports that she was part of activists aligned to MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe who stormed MDC Kwekwe office on Saturday demanding for the eviction of members aligned to MDC Alliance leader Nelson. About 15 activists aligned to Khupe stormed MDC Kwekwe office weekend. Benza a former trade unionist was fingered by MDC Alliance Midlands provincial youth members to be part of the group which demanded for the eviction of the Chamisa led grouping. “Those are false reports. I wasn’t part of the group which stormed the office. I wasn’t there,” Benza declared. Further quizzed on wether she had joined Khupe, Benza further dismissed the reports as false. “Those are false reports, i haven’t joined Khupe,” she said. On Saturday when activists aligned to Khupe were said to be storming the office MDC-T Secretary General was said to have been spotted in Kwekwe on the day. The Midlands Observer by the time of publishing had not yet managed to get hold of Mwonzora. Meanwhile, sources within MDC Redcliff District structures told this publication that investigations are currently underway underway to ascertain wether Benza was part of the group. Attempts by the Khupe faction to take over the opposition office in Kwekwe comes at a time when Chamisa has lost what symbolized a bastion of resistance to Zanu PF Hegemony The Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House known as Harvest House in Central Harare last month. Mbizo Legislator Settlement Chikwinya said in an alert to party members over the weekend that Khupe was attempting to take over the office. “Khupe attempting to take over Kwekwe MDC A offices. The sent rebels are Gacheni, Trophy, Bhuza, Mafoti, Mapfumo, Svova, and 8 others.”We will not vacate the office in the absence of a court order.
A court order for Harvest House does not apply to the Kwekwe office. Simple,” Chikwinya wrote. Meanwhile, the 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. “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.”We are the custodians of this building. There is no legal document for eviction which they 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.