MDC-T, ZRP at loggerheads

The MDC-T is at loggerheads with the Zimbabwe Republic Police over their inaction over reports of political violence and victimisation.


MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, claimed that his party had made
numerous reports of politically motivated violence against their
supporters mostly in areas such as Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland
East and the Midlands provinces.

He told The Zimbabwean his party has been riled by the lack of action. The ZRP, however, denies the claims, saying they are in the process
of prosecuting those accused of fanning political violence.

“No police action has ever been taken against the Zanu
(PF) perpetrators of violence and other electoral or post-electoral
abuses,” said Mwonzora. “This shows us that there is still selective application of the
law in Zimbabwe.

We reported cases of violence in areas such as Mbare, Mount Darwin,
Muzarabani, Zaka, Bikita, Gokwe, Mutoko and Mberengewa but 
no action has been taken.”

He accused the police of acting on behalf of Zanu (PF).
“The police are simply an extension of Zanu (PF),” said
The province’s
 police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Petros Masikati, referred
questions to the ZRP Provincial General Headquarters.

Police national spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity
 Charamba, refuted the allegations by the MDC-T.

She said some of the perpetrators of political violence had actually
been convicted while the cases for others were still pending.

“People are actually going to court over those issues. Some of them
have been remanded in custody and some have been convicted,” she said.

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