There was mayhem and chaos in the Midlands Province of Thursday as Mnangagwa’s supporters also known as al shabab ran amok and attacked a number of people during Saviour Kasukuwere. Though we are told the real target for Team Lacoste attacks was Kasukuwere, he was not directly attacked in any, instead junior low ranking members of G40 were attacked with two seriously injured and need hospital treatment.

Contacted for comment, former regional acting chairperson Tapiwa Matangaidze confirmed the chaos, adding “I heard that some people were beaten and I am rushing to the hospital to see them now”.

And while a cagey Kasukuwere himself was not willing to discuss the issue with the media last night, the Daily News’ sources at the meeting said the youthful minister had undoubtedly been the target of the attacks by members of the infamous “Al Shabab” vigilante group that has been wreaking havoc in the province.

 “They arrived in a kombi and a truck and accused us of being members of G40.

“Then they started to assault us indiscriminately and with beastly violence, even as we desperately tried to explain to them that we were not members of this so-called G40 faction,” one of the victims said.

An insider claimed that the violence showed that Mnangagwa’s allies were desperate to “retain control of the Midlands at all costs” as the violence instigators were allegedly clad in Team Lacoste branded T-shirts.

Mnangagwa has never openly discussed or supported Team Lacoste though it is widely accepted that he is the main figure behind the faction