Police protecting stolen vote: Mwonzora

The presence of armed police officers at the Movement for Democratic Change headquarters, Harvest House, in Harare, is a sign that Zanu (PF) is battling to maintain the party’s ‘stolen victory’, the party’s spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, says.

In an interview with The Zimbabwean, Mwonzora said the conduct of the police in Zimbabwe reflected that they were partisan and were used to showcasing the ‘bullish and intimidatory nature of Zanu (PF)’.

President Robert Mugabe emerged the winner of the July 31 harmonised elections, a result the MDC- T alleges ‘does not reflect the will of the people’.

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai told journalists last week that the outcome of the recent elections were ‘null and void’ and called for a rerun.

Since the announcement of the election results, police details have kept Harvest House under 24 hour surveillance.

Mwonzora said the presence of the police was a ploy by Zanu (PF) to ensure that citizens are denied their right to personal freedoms.

“We will continue to do our work regardless of Zanu (PF)’s tactics to intimidate, instill fear and subdue any dissention,” he said.

“Our worry is that because they are only camped at Harvest House, the day to day activities of ordinary people has been affected,” he added.

A statement issued out by the party attributed heavy police presence at the party offices to efforts to thwart the MDC‘s moves to unmask electoral fraud.

“The MDC views this as a wanton act of aggression by Zanu (PF) aimed at covering up the massive electoral fraud by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission orchestrated by Zanu (PF).

“The MDC finds it strange that the police and Zanu PF are using such intimidatory tactics when Zanu PF is claiming that it won last week’s elections,” read the statement.

The statement questioned why the victor was afraid of the people.

“The police actions vindicate the MDC’s position that Zanu PF using ZEC stole the people’s victory.”

Efforts to get a comment from Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba were futile as her mobile number was not available.

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