Police raid pro-Senate MDC offices

BULAWAYO - The MDC Regional Offices here were raided on Sunday night by a group of heavily armed police officers. They descended on the offices at around 1930 hours and spent the whole night there, not allowing anybody in or out.


On Monday, MDC officials were locked out of the offices until 0930 when the police were able to produce a search warrant and proceeded to carry out the search for the “arms of war”. The basis of the search, as outlined on the search warrant was that, “there were reasonable grounds for believing that there is in possession, or under the control of the MDC Provincial Administrator, or upon or in MDC offices, a certain article or articles that is to say, arms of war, (which are unlicensed, which it is on reasonable grounds, believed may afford evidence of the commission or suspected commission of an offence).”

Information spokesman Paul Themba Nyathi said the police had since carried out the search in all the party offices and vehicles, but found nothing.

“The MDC President, Professor Arthur Mutambara, made it clear at every fora, including Sunday’s rally at White City Stadium, which was attended by 10,000 people, that the party seeks to take power from the current government through democratic means. We do not believe in the use of force and have always spoken against any form of violence,” said Nyathi. Own correspondent

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