Police officers chanting ZANU-PF slogans raid MDC HQ as coup takes effect

POLICE officers chanting liberation war songs and Zanu PF slogans on Saturday raided MDC-T headquarters at Harvest House in Harare beating up party activists from Mufakose that had converged to hold their primary elections as the coup underway takes place.

The police officers are alleged to have failed to gain access into the building after alert MDC-T security officers sealed the entrance.

The raid comes as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday met with South African President Jacob Zuma over the current arbitrary arrest and persecution of senior members of MDC-T and human rights defenders. The motive of the raid is still unknown but it comes in the wake of the re-arrest last week Friday of Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma for alleged abuse of office charges.

Mangoma’s arrest comes amid reports that nine other MDC-T MPs that include Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone, dethroned Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo, Glen View MP Paul Madzore and Chipinge West MP Sibonile and Nyamudeza are among those also targeted for arrest.

Party spokesperson Nelson Chamisa yesterday described the raid as a sustained attack on the MDC-T party. “We are extremely concerned by the attitude being exhibited to the MDC,” said Chamisa. “We have become a target for harassment, demonisation and persecution. Efforts to get a comment from the police were fruitless as police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena’s mobile phone went unanswered.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka yesterday confirmed that the PM met with Zuma in South Africa to update him on the “dire situation in Zimbabwe.”

“The PM met Zuma today (Saturday) to update him on the dire situation in the country and the culture of impunity which has caused a serious threat to the life and health of inclusive government.”

Tamborinyoka said Tsvangirai this week will take his case to Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. Zuma’s advisor for International Relations Lindiwe Zulu also confirmed that the two leaders met yesterday.