Knight who is also aspiring to be a member of parliament for the constituency allegedly issued the threats during a Zanu (PF) rally held at Ngangu secondary school recently to solicit the so called sanction signatures from the party’s members.
The meeting was also attended by Zanu (PF) local senator, Monica Mutsvangwa.
“Knight said the MDC‘s offices should be destroyed because they are owned by a white family who supports the MDC. Knight also urged the party’s youths to invade Kidd’s sawmill. Knight said the Kidd family should be out of the district by the end of March this year,” said a highly placed source who attended the meeting.
Kidd’s wife who is popularly known as mbuya Kidd in the area is the MDC Manicaland provincial Secretary for Social Welfare.
Pardon Maguta, the MDC coordinator for Chimanimani district said the party is taking Knight’s threats seriously.
“We are really worried about what Knight said at the Zanu (PF) meeting .What is more worrying is that during the past few days unfamiliar people have been milling around our offices. If anything happens to us people like Knight should accountable,” said Maguta.
Kidd confirmed the threats to take over the family‘s properties in Chimanimani. “Knight and Mutsvangwa want Zanu (PF) militias to take over our buildings. They revealed their intentions to grab our properties and banish us from the area during a meeting they held at the Ngangu secondary school. My advice to these two ladies is that instead of urging militias to destroy what we have built over the last 28 years , they should be on the forefront of encouraging their party youths to work hard.” said Kidd.
The Kidd family settled in Chimanimani in 1982. They have been working closely with Roy Bennett, a former legislator whose coffee farm in the area was also invaded, to develop the area through a number of community programmes.
Radio VOP was unable to get a comment from Mutsvangwa and Knight.