Finance minister and MDC secretary general Tendai Biti had been scheduled to address the rally at Murombedzi growth point in Zvimba West.
MDC provicincial youth chairperson, Maltin Mukusha, who was caught in the crossfire said police refused to intervene when Zanu (PF) supporters disrupted their meeting.
“When we got there in the morning, we found the Zanu (PF) youth already playing soccer in the council ground,” he said.
“We informed the police about this and they said we could still go ahead with our rally as scheduled, but they brought the netball courts and made a makeshift ground close to where we were.
“But we remained calm and continued to sing our songs. Out of nowhere, the rowdy youth began to throw sand in the air and stones began to rain on us.
“Our provincial vehicle was damaged and the district chairperson’s vehicle also.”
He said the eight were treated at a local private clinic. There were unconfirmed reports that two MDC officials were arrested during the skirmishes.
The MDC treasurer for Mashonaland West, Tawanda Bvumo, said the rally had been cancelled on the advice of the police.
“We had initially booked the council grounds but the council refused us access, then we opted for the open space at the growth point,” he said.
“Apparently, Zanu (PF) youth claimed to have booked the ground for a sports tournament.
The police then advised us to cancel our own meeting after Zanu PF thugs attacked us.”
Last weekend soldiers prevented Biti from addressing a Zanu (PF) rally on the outskirts of Harare in Darwendale after they allegedly occupied a foot ball pitch where the meeting was scheduled to take place.