In a statement, the party said its national executive will deliberate on the death of veteran politician and Midlands South provincial secretary, Senator Patrick Kombayi and the continued crack-down on MDC members characterized by the unwarranted detention of the party’s Director-General, Tondepi Shonhe.
"On Saturday, Mutare West MP, Shuwa Mudiwa, was “convicted” on a trumped-up charge of kidnapping as efforts intensify to whittle down the MDC majority in Parliament. The crackdown has not spared civic society activists, journalists and lawyers," said the MDC.
Senator Patrick Kombayi died on Saturday after a long-battle with gun-shot wounds.
"State security agent Elias Kanengoni and Zanu PF activist Kizito Chivamba pumped six bullets into Kombayi’s groin in the violent election campaign of 1990.
The MDC Midlands South provincial secretary and Senator for Gweru-Chirumanzu constituency was a veteran of Zimbabwe ’s liberation struggle. He joined the MDC in its formative years and has been a staunch advocate of change and democracy in Zimbabwe.
"The MDC shares this moment of grief with the Kombayi family. His death has robbed the nation of a fighter, a father, a revolutionary, a patriot and more importantly, a democrat whose long battle with gun-shot wounds made him a living testimony of the barbarism of State-sponsored terrorism. As a former freedom fighter, a victim of State-terrorism and an advocate for change, his place in history is not contestable," the MDC said.