Chihuri accuses Biti of inciting violence

HARARE - Police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri wants MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti arrested for allegedly inciting political violence, according to a letter published in The Herald last week.

Biti had earlier written to Chihuri, holding him personally responsible for the ongoing political violence through his failure to order the arrest of marauding Zanu (PF) thugs.

You know for sure, your violation of the country’s laws by declaring presidential results which was, indeed, in contravention of Section 110 of the Electoral Act, Chapter 2:13 and is still to be attended to by the police, said Chihuri’s letter.

Biti has said there was nothing illegal about restating election results that were already in the public domain. He asserts that the V11 forms which were pasted outside the polling stations meant the results were already in the public domain and what the MDC did was to merely restate those results – and this did not constitute a crime.

Chihuri’s letter urges Biti to take a leading role in condemning political violence, which he has done, since the March 29 poll. He further accuses the MDC of harbouring criminals at your party headquarters. It is unclear which criminals are staying at Harvest House. In fact 250 MDC activists rounded up at Harvest House by police last Friday have all been released without charge.

Chihuri also urges Biti to disband the so-called Democratic Resistance Committees, which have become a real menace to our peace loving citizens, since March 11, 2007.

But it is soldiers and Zanu (PF) thugs which have actually become a menace, and have murdered 20 MDC activists and brutalized hundreds in the countryside.

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