The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) condemns in the strongest terms the intraparty violence amongst opposition supporters at the MDC-T offices in Bulawayo.
Reports allege that a group of party youths disrupted a meeting that was being addressed by MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe leaving a trail of broken glasses and injuries.
Any incidences of violence by any political party in Zimbabwe for whatever purpose is repugnant to human rights and democratic expression.
The MDC-T, which has perennially complained of violence against its supporters, should know better the dire effects of this barbaric act.
Political violence is never, has never been and will never be a legitimate means of political communication, expression and debate under whatever circumstances, but a blatantly criminal act that must be abhorred by any true democrat.
ZimRights calls upon the leaders of the MDC-T party to investigate the fracas in Bulawayo and ensure that the perpetrators are amply sanctioned.
At a time when all political parties and leaders must work tirelessly to promote peace and tolerance for political differences, the MDC-T violence is an unfortunate deviation from that commitment ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.