Police raid MDC headquarters in a search for Machete. The Zimbabwe Republic Police are reported to have raided MDC headquarters, Morgan Tsvangirai building formerly Harvest house in search for ‘Machetes and any subversive materials’. This comes in the wake of opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s recent statements that his party would be holding its planned Hope of the Nation Address (HONA) next week regardless of interdiction.
ZRP this week banned an MDC event scheduled for Mbare citing flimsy excuses that the event could not proceed because it coincided with the opening of schools.An irate Chamisa took to the microblogging site, Twitter, to vent off his frustration and said that his party was no longer going to be deterred from exercising its constitutional right by
the unjust application of the law. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.We’ve exhausted all channels.We can’t continue to be victims of unjust application of the law.Rights are for all.On Tuesday 21st Jan we will deliver the people’s Agenda 2020 to the nation come what may.#peoplesgovernment.
MDC Headquarters is under siege as the police have obtained a warrant to search the building.
It is alleged that the ZRP are looking to plant machetes so as to implicate the MDC as the rogue culprits terrorising the Zimbabwean citizens.
3 truckloads of riot police have now stormed the MDC Zimbabwe headquarters, the party’s secretary general Charlton Hwende reports.
They are beating up our security personnel and confiscating party documents and computers, he adds
"Some of them are not office workers at all. We are busy screening them. There are some cases we are investigating and we will release those who have not committed any crime," said a police spokesman, Wayne Bvudzijena.
Police seized material on vote counting in the raids on the MDC's headquarters and offices of the independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network.
The latest blow against the opposition came as Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper attacked African leaders as "myopic stooges" for criticising Zimbabwe's handling of the March 29 elections.
Southern African countries, which have expressed increasing impatience with Mugabe's authoritarian leadership, this week refused to allow a Chinese ship to unload an arms shipment destined for Zimbabwe.
"The attempt to link the shipment to the post-election environment should convince sceptics of the lengths to which the westerners and their lackeys will go to manufacture a crisis in Zimbabwe," the Herald said.
Reports tonight said the ship had been allowed to dock in Angola. It was unclear whether it had stopped to unload its shipment or to pick up supplies on the way back to China.
Almost a month after parliamentary and presidential elections, Zimbabwe's electoral commission has yet to release the results of the ballots.
Most independent observers say the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, won the presidential vote, although not by enough to avoid a run-off.
The ruling Zanu-PF party initially acknowledged losing control of parliament for the first time since independence 28 years ago, but recounts in 23 of 210 constituencies could overturn the results.