Harare – Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is working with supporters of ousted vice president Joice Mujuru and “some right-wing forces in the United States” to make Zimbabwe ungovernable, state media reported on Wednesday.
“The Gamatox faction [Mujuru supporters] in conjunction with the MDC and some right-wing forces in the US are working with Tsvangirai to create conditions similar to what prevailed in 2007 which led to the creation of the inclusive government, The Herald quoted sources as saying.
This comes following reports that a student demonstration in Harare forced the University of Zimbabwe to shut down on Tuesday after the students were infuriated by a strike action by lecturers and catering staff.
State television claimed that a third hand was behind the protest.
Zimbabwean blogger @joeblackzw tweeted: “ZBC says political parties bent on regime change are stirring the emotions of University students. As if they need stirring”.
Last week, a food riot at a maximum prisonclaimed five lives and the Herald claimed the riot was masterminded by an inmate who was an opposition supporter.
The last few days have also seen mounting tensions in the southern African country following the abduction of former journalist Itai Dzamara on 9 March. Dzamara is still missing.
Tsvangirai says he holds Mugabe and his government responsible. The state media, however, suggests Dzamara’s abduction is “self-authored”.
Sources said opponents of President Robert Mugabe wanted to provoke security forces to “over-react”, adding that the aim was to stir international and regional criticism to force the ruling party into another coalition government with the opposition.
Violent attacks on Tsvangirai’s supporters after he won the first round of presidential elections in March 2008, saw Mugabe – forced by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – accepting a power-sharing agreement that lasted until 2013.