GOKWE-KANA MP Owen “Mudha” Ncube and Kwekwe Central MP Masango “Blackman” Matambanadzo were on Sunday involved in a public brawl in Amaveni, Kwekwe, after a high-speed chase in what sources believe is an escalation of factional fights.
Ncube, who is closely linked to Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, paid a visit to Matambanadzo at his shop in Amaveni on Sunday at around 4pm and the two held private talks before Ncube walked out.
According to an eyewitness Allen Nyashanu, the Gokwe-Kana MP, who was wearing a green suit, got into his car and drove off, but Matambanadzo jumped into his car and pursued Ncube at high speed.
“It was like a movie. He drove straight to Ncube’s car and stopped right when it appeared as if they were about to crash into each other. Matambanadzo, who was wearing a vest, got out of his car and grabbed Ncube through the window and started punching him,” Nyashanu said.
Matambanadzo has in the past openly been ridiculed by his peers in the party for his lack of education and alignment to the faction allegedly fronted by Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
Police sources in Amaveni confirmed the incident saying Ncube filed a report alleging that he had been punched on the face by Matambanadzo after making a joke about how the Kwekwe Central MP had gotten lost in China.
Another eyewitness, Farai Nyakupinda, alleged the two MPs had fought over small-scale miners.
“Matambanadzo was accusing Ncube of abusing the illegal gold panners for his benefit while Ncube made fun of his vest which he said had been bought in China while the plane was leaving,” Nyakupinda said.
The Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko said he was not aware of the incident because it had not been brought to his attention.
“I have not heard about it. Tell me where it happened and I will call to confirm,” Goko said.
The two MPs were both not reachable on their mobile phones at the time of going to print.