MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora has reportedly taken extra measures to ensure his safety, including withdrawing from public places and not visiting the party’s headquarters in Harare CBD as suspected party thugs are baying for his blood.

This follows a ruling by the High Court of Zimbabwe that nullified Nelson Chamisa’s presidency of the party, with journalist Hopewell Chin’ono insinuating on social media that Mwonzora had the High Court judgement a week before it was delivered.

A group of party youths, popularly known as the Vanguards, have also been seen surrounding party vice President Elias Mudzuri’s Milton Park home in Harare, singing derogatory songs. The youths accused Mudzuri of undermining Chamisa, saying Mudzuri sponsored the High Court application by a Gokwe MDC official which resulted in yesterday’s ruling.

ZOOMZimbabwe understands a report has been made to the police regards Mudzuri’s safety and the disturbance of peace at his home at lunchtime Thursday.

ZOOMZimbabwe has received information that Starman Chamisa, a relative of Nelson who is also the legislator for Mbare, is at the centre of an operation hunting for Mwonzora.

“Starman Chamisa has been tasked with hiring thugs that should find and beat up Mwonzora,” a source close to the developments told ZOOMZimbabwe.

“This followed a social media post by Chin’ono that linked Mwonzora to the leak of a High Court ruling to a NewsDay journalist, Blessed Mhlanga, last week,” the source said.