A faction of the divided Zimbabwe National Students Union has charged that its leaders were attacked at a memorial service for the Susan Tsvangirai, the late wife of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, on Saturday in Harare, by elements of the Tsvangirai formation of the Movement for Democratic Change.
The ZINASU faction said its president, Tafadzwa Mugwadi, its secretary general, Kurayi Hoyi, its treasurer, Tafadzwa Kutya, and its legal affairs secretary, Archieford Mudzengi were hospitalized at the Avenues Clinic following the alleged attack.
The National Constitutional Assembly, aligned with the ZINASU faction alleging the attacks, issued a statement on Tuesday condemning such violence and blaming the Tsvangirai MDC formation, with which it differs on the approach to revising the national constitution.
The NCA statement said the alleged behavior of the MDC youths was "typical of, if not worse than that of ZANU-PF thugs," referring to the former ruling party of President Robert Mugabe. The NCA urged Mr. Tsvangirai to publicly denounce such violence.
Secretary General Kurayi Hoyi of the union faction that alleged the attacks, told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the rival faction of ZINASU organized the attacks with the cooperation of Tsvangirai MDC elements.
Speaking for the rival ZINASU faction, Wisdom Mugagara said members of his formation have been attacked since Saturday in retaliation.