POLICE were Saturday called in to break fierce clashes between dozens of Shadreck Mashayamombe’s supporters and those who had tried to stage a demonstration against the under-fire Harare South MP.
The clashes brought business to a standstill at Harare’s busy fourth street bus terminus where the Zanu PF provincial headquarters is.
Before police arrived at the party offices, the rival parties took time to pelt each other with stones and half bricks.
Some passers-by who had nothing to do with the Zanu PF skirmishes were also caught up in the clashes with vehicle windows also smashed.
Mashayamombe, who is party provincial commissar, angered supporters of a Zanu PF camp by allegedly failing to meet a Thursday deadline to petition national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to abandon his post over a slew of party offences.
Anti-Kasukuwere supporters wanted to pass a vote of no confidence and as well as handover a petition at the provincial HQ against the under-fire party official.
Both Mashayamombe and Kasukuwere are linked to G40 faction, a Zanu PF camp currently tussling for party control with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction.
Kasukuwere’s turbulent political life hangs by the thinnest of threads after he and his half-brother Dickson Mafios, party chair for Mashonaland Central, were linked to a plot to set up parallel party structures ostensibly to prop up a plot for the Mount Darwin legislator to ascend to presidency.
Agitated party supporters from his home province of Mashonaland Central took the lead in demanding his ouster only a few days ago.
His case was not helped by recent statements by President Robert Mugabe who said those aggrieved by the bully Local Government minister should in fact channel their complaints via proper channels.
Meanwhile, Mashayamombe was Saturday linked to a bid to save his own skin by bussing his own supporters to the venue to counter the planned protest and further disrupt the handing over of the petition.
The visibly shaken legislator later arrived at the venue when calm had been restored by the anti-riot police but refused to speak to media.
“Go and write what you have seen,” said Mashayamombe who was almost in tears.
Angry supporters who spoke to this publication said the Harare South MP was undermining the authority of President Mugabe, fanning factionalism in the party and was also selling non-existent residential stands in his constituency.
“He lied to us and we lost houses that we had built when they were destroyed by bulldozers and he went into hiding during that time,” said one angry party supporter.
“He and the entire Harare Zanu PF provincial leadership must go because they have failed.”
Another anti-Mashayamombe protester said he must go together with his “godfather” Kasukuwere.
Organisers of the anti-Mashayamombe demo said they will not relent and vowed to find another venue to hand over the petition.