Kwekwe (New Ziana) – The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party Kwekwe campaign rally at Mbizo 4 Shopping Centre was on Sunday marred by acts of violence which left scores of people injured and several cars damaged.
People had to scary for cover about 25 minutes into party leader Nelson Chamisa’s speech when CCC supporters attacked other attendees whom they suspected to be ZANU PF members.
Several people were left nursing injuries and cars windscreens and journalists equipment were also damaged in the skirmishes.
One person is reportedly battling for life after he was allegedly stabbed with a sharp object during the commotion.
Hardly 10 minutes later, violence broke out again when other suspected ZANU PF supporters were also assaulted by CCC members . Chamisa abandoned his speech, and was whisked away by his security team. Riot police with a water canon swiftly moved in to ease tension which could have turned nasty.
The campaign rally, which came a day after President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the ZANU-PF March 26 Midlands campaign rally in the same high density suburb, was delayed for about four hours due to the late arrival of Chamisa.
In his address, Chamisa surprised many when he announced that he was the only one running the party and will only get new leaders after the launch of the party.
“The people’s party has not been launched…We made the introduction for CCC Citizens Convergence for Change and before the national launch, we will present the new organization, the new movement and you will give us new leaders, they won’t come from the top but from you.
“At the moment, there is only me because am the pioneer of the party… I will also come back to you and ask if you want me to lead you or you want another, then we will move ahead with a new team,” claimed Chamisa.
Chamisa said Kwekwe is going to be renamed the city of gold as his government will establish a gold processing centre in the city.
He said his government will reopen Ziscosteel.
The CCC principal and former Finance Minister Tendai Biti claimed that once in power CCC will fix the economy in less than three weeks.