MDC Youth leader shot, marking the return of Mugabe

HARARE, – MDC-T youth leader William Mkwari was shot and injured on Saturday evening allegedly by a group of uniformed soldiers who opened fire at dozens of party youths who were dispersing from a party meeting in Harare’s high density suburb of Budiriro.\r\n

Witnesses say Mkwari, who is receiving treatment at Harare’s Avenues clinic, was shot in the left leg resulting in him bleeding profusely.

An MDC district youth leader who was in the company of Mkwari when the incident happened told Radio Vop that the youths were forced to scurry in all directions during the unprovoked incident.

“William was shot and we suspect it could have been a powerful gun,” he said while refusing to be named for fear of victimisation.

“The soldiers fired several shots and we believe they were angered by the sight of a lot of ecstatic MDC activists filing out of a preparatory meeting for the forthcoming MDC congress.”

The incident, which happened early evening, was a replica of September last year when soldiers were said to have shot and injured three MDC supporters during an abortive constitutional outreach programme in the volatile Harare township of Mbare.

Saturday’s shooting of Mkwari marked a weekend of violent scenes allegedly perpetrated by Zanu (PF) supporters on MDC officials and activists.

On Friday, party provincial secretary for Harare Tsaurai Marima and Sthembeni Chademoyo, Women’s Assembly Organising Secretary for Ward 33 in Budiriro, were assaulted and injured when hordes of Zanu PF supporters invaded the Town house and laid siege on council staff, demanding an explanation from the authorities as to why their maize crops were slashed allegedly by council workers the previous week.