Sikhala Bus Bombed

Radio VOP saw the damaged bus on Saturday, which the MDC99 leader said was a source of income for his family.

He dismissed outright suggestions that the MDC-T could be involved despite the flyers saying he was being punished for working closely with the party’s secretary general Tendai Biti, former Housing minister Fidelis Mhashu and Simba Makoni, the Kusile/Mavambo/Dawn leader.

“It’s certainly not MDC-T otherwise how would they want to implicate themselves by leaving flyers bearing their logo all over the place,” Sikhala said. “It’s the work of Zanu (PF).”

He said police had collected materials suspected to be remnants of the petrol bomb. Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said he needed time to get details of the case.

Sikhala said his guards tried to give chase to the assailants but they failed to catch with them.

The outspoken politician left the MDC led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara to form his MDC-M in May.

He left the mainstream MDC in 2005 after the party split into two.

Sikhala claims several attempts have been made on his life including an incident when his car was allegedly shot while he drove from his Gutu home.

MDC-T spokesman, Nelson Chamisa rubbished off claims his party was involved in the alleged bombing.

Petrol bombs have become synonymous with Zimbabwe’s history of political violence.

A few years ago petrol bombs rocked cities across the country and Zanu (PF) tried to pin the cases on MDC-T activists but non of them were successfully prosecuted.