MDC-T outrage as ZRP storms party HQ

HEAVILY armed police officers descended on Harvest House in Harare Monday morning, cordoning off the MDC-T’s headquarters as they arrested 21 people for allegedly assaulting a Zanu PF supporter at the weekend.

Police conduct unacceptable ... Obert Gutu

Police conduct unacceptable … Obert Gutu

The MDC-T said offices raided by the police included that of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s and Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora.

The 21 suspects were detained at Harare Central police station. Also arrested was Midlands Senator and MDC-T deputy national chairperson Morgan Komichi who was later released.

Explaining the raid, national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “There was a raid to flush out criminals.

“A screening exercise was eventually carried out resulting in three people being charged after they were successfully identified by their victims. We will not allow any lawlessness around that area and we do not want to see any vendors.

“The hooligans want to make the place a no-go area yet other places like Parliament and Munhumutapa people move freely, so what is so special with that place.”

The police allegations were however, rejected by Mwonzora and MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu.

“The police rounded up our workers indicating that they want the complainant to identify the suspect who assaulted him on Saturday at a parade to be carried out,” Gutu told a press conference.

Mwonzora said among those arrested were three university students who are on attachment with the party.

“People assisting with investigations are not supposed to be detained. What is being done by police here is unacceptable.”

He said the latest development follows harassment of party members in Hwedza, Sadza and Marondera.

“MDC-T has demonstrated numerical strength against divided Zanu PF which has become dysfunctional,” said Mwonzora.

“We believe this an attempt by Zanu PF to slow down MDC-T but, we are going ahead with our plans.

“We will be having a march on 7 April and this move is to destabilize our party which is carrying out a restructuring exercise as well as starting a recruitment programme during the second week of April.”


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