Police were forced to call off the provincial elections after clashes broke out between two rival factions, one led by State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo and the other by businessman and Mzilikazi Senator Matson Hlalo. Dube is alleged to have been stabbed by MDC –T Vice president Thokozani Khupe‘s personal driver Witness Dube who was in court last week on public violence charges.When the Radio Vop visited Galen House Emergency clinic one Saturday morning, Dube was on intravenous drip.
Former MDC-T provincial chairperson Bhekithemba Nyathi confirmed that Dube was stabbed by Witness and they have already made a report to the police.
“ We have already made a report to Bulawayo Central Police Station and police are hunting for Witness and Thamsanqa Ncube over the stabbing of Challenge Dube,” said Nyathi. Speaking to Radio Vop on Friday MDC-T elections Officer Fidelis Mhashu said he was now confused about the clashes between Hlalo and Moyo factions.
“As you can see there is nothing I can do now, there is confusion all over, I am also confused and tired about this, ” said Mhashu.The elections were being held for the third time after they were aborted in the past two weeks due to clashes between the feuding factions.MDC-T deputy spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo who was present at the MDC-T offices on Friday during the chaotic elections also blamed Moyo for the violence saying “ he wasn’t supposed to be presiding over the elections as he was an interested party. ”
Moyo denied that his supporters had disrupted the provincial elections.Meanwhile 11 of the 13 MDC-T youths who belong to the Hlalo faction who were arrested on Friday were released on Saturday afternoon without charges being laid against them.The remaining two are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.