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WATCH: Chamisa's militia created to counter Mugabe's youth brigade

by Staff reporter
29 May 2018 at 14:46hrs | Views
MDC-T elections secretary Murisi Zwizwai told a political debate radio show that its 'Order of the Vanguard' youth outfit which was widely condemned as a version of Zanu PF's Chipangano and Green Bombers terror groups was created as a response to the Zanu-PF youth brigade.

Zwizwa was responding to a caller callers' questions on the 'Vanguard' group.

The MDC-T recently disbanded its terror group, the 'Order of the Vanguard'.



Fiercely loyal to party leader Nelson Chamisa, the Vanguard group attracted criticism during the early days of his ascendency to party president following the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Former deputy prime minister Thokozani Kuphe was roughed up by the militia for opposing Chamisa's takeover of power and declaring herself the legitimate MDC-T president.

Prior to that, the youths were implicated in the harassment of the former party vice president for challenging Tsvangirai's decision to form the opposition MDC Alliance.

MDC-T elections chairperson Morgan Komichi confirmed the dissolution of the group without giving details.

The Vanguard had become notorious for 'dealing' with perceived to be opposed to Chamisa Chamisa.



Clad in military-style red and black uniforms, members would parade and salute the 40-year-old MDC-T leader.

The group has long been known to provide instant justice to whoever seems to disagree with popular sentiment in the party.

Apart from Kuphe, Zimbabwe's ambassador to Senegal Trudy Stevenson and Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe president Elton Mangoma as well as some local journalists have, in the past, fallen victim to the Vanguard.

Full debate below:




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