Drama and tension erupted on Wednesday when Thokozani Khupe was blocked from attending late before MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa mother’s funeral before he was called to intervene.
According to reports, when Khupe’s vehicles arrived at the gate the angry youths barred her from entering the Chamisa residence.
“The vehicles were stopped at the gate as Khupe tried to enter the residence,” said one eye witness.
“The organising secretary, Amos Chibaya, intervened but to no success as the youths vowed to beat up Khupe and her aides.
“Chibaya had to ask Chamisa to come so that the issue can be resolved,” the eye witness said.
Chamisa then told his supporters to maintain calm and return with love.
Many people, however, did not appreciate the intolerance arguing it paints opposition badly.
President Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba, upon hearing about the report said this exposes such perpetrators for always hijacking funerals. He said;
“SHE DID WELL TO PUT THOSE GOONS ON THE SPOT!! Vajaira kuprivatisa funeral kunge ndivo vafirwa!!!!!”
LEAD president Linda Musarira says such behavior is inhumane;
I hear that @DrThoko_Khupe has been embarrassed & chased away
@nelsonchamisa mothers funeral. What happened to Ubuntu? Since when do we chase away people at funerals. It is high time that @nelsonchamisa calls his supporters to order. A leader should instil values in his followers
Pedzisai Ruhanya, MDC Alliance supporter has condemned this move and calls on Chamisa to show a better kind of leadership and tolerance.
That MDC Alliance @nelsonchamisa is the leading opposition party in Zimbabwe is undoubted. But leadership comes with responsibilities. Translate yourselves into the ruling party and be leader of society. Thats your challenge, Espouse your democratic credentials; TOLERANCE
On 21 February 2018, Khupe, secretary general Douglas Mwonzora and national organiser Abednico Bhebhe were forced to seek refuge in a hut at former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s burial as the opposition party’s succession dogfight boiled over.
The attackers pounced on Khupe the moment she arrived for the burial. As she emerged from her vehicle accompanied by two bodyguards and started walking towards Tsvangirai’s homestead, a menacing mob ran towards her before being rescued by police details.