By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
14 May 2014
If the hostility evident between Douglas Mwonzora and Jacob Mafume was transferred to a boxing ring, one of them would not be the same at the end of the fight.
The two lawyers and spokespersons for the MDC-T factions have been trading verbal blows since the split in the opposition. But on Tuesday the ‘war’ between the two got up-close and personal when Mafume labelled Mwonzora a ‘praise singer’.
‘You have people in the MDC-T who love rallies. You have a lawyer like Mwonzora who produces an album just to sing praises to another man,’ said Mafume. He was referring to a CD that Mwonzora recently produced and claimed he was praise singing Morgan Tsvangirai.
Not to be outdone, Mwonzora hit back vowing to teach the ‘loud-mouthed’ Mafume respect.
‘It’s something that you get from non-achievers. They think that to get limelight you have to denigrate and attack other people,’ fumed Mwonzora.
‘Yes I did produce an album but I’m singing about the revolution the MDC-T is engaged in. I will continue to produce, being a lawyer doesn’t mean you don’t have other talents.
‘For example I was an athlete during my youth, I went around the national sports stadium in 63 seconds and I’m quite proud of that, so Jacob should know that being a lawyer doesn’t mean you can’t do other things.
At one point Mwonzora described the ‘renewal team’ members as recipients of poor legal advice from ‘amateur lawyers’ like Mafume.
The youthful Mafume responded to Mwonzora’s attacks by saying: ‘That is Mwonzora’s figment of hyper imagination.’