CIO linked to cop murder in a hatchet plan to smear MDC-T – Sources

HARARE – Zanu PF and the country’s State intelligence agents are alleged to be behind the lynching of a Zimbabwe Republic police officer in order to use the headline propaganda to smear the MDC-T ahead of the crucial SADC Summit scheduled for 11 June in South Africa, sources in the Zimbabwe intelligence said last night.

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Yesterday, a Police Spokesperson, Superintended Andrew Phiri said the MDC-T supporters turned rowdy and became riotous, stoning the policeman after the law enforcement agents had told them that they could not hold an unsanctioned meeting

Under the country’s public order legislation all political gatherings and meetings must be cleared with the police.

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Phiri, said a member of the police reaction group died following the skirmishes at Glen View 3 Shopping Centre, but eye witnesses at the scene said the police officer was killed by assailants dropped from a CIO linked blue twin cab without number plates, long after MDC-T supporters had dispersed.

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“There was an illegal rally in Glen View and police details went to inquire what was happening. It is in the process that the suspected rowdy MDC-T youths started attacking the policemen with stones and other objects,” Phiri told the government-run Herald newspaper.

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“During the attack, one of the officers was hit and fell unconscious and was pronounced dead on arrival at Harare Central Hospital.”

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Another officer was seriously injured during the skirmishes.

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However, Phiri’s account have been disputed by eye witnesses at the shopping centre who saw MDC-T supporters run in all directions as the police arrived wielding guns and button sticks.

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A 4X4 twin cab arrived at the scene and some of its passengers jumped off and entered into one of the shops and threatened the shopkeeper accusing him of hiding MDC-T supporters.

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They took some cartons of cigarettes from the store room and left the premise by the back door.

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They then went on to attack one isolated police officer accusing him of working with the MDC-T and they left him lying in a pool of blood and sped off in their twin cab.

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MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora vehemently denied that the assailants were members of his party.

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“I received something like that. Our preliminary investigations indicate that the police attacked patrons at a bar,” he said.

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Meanwhile, last night The Zimbabwe Mail was told by a high level intelligence official that the police officer was executed by members of the State intelligence working with Zanu PF as part the plan to grab headline propaganda to besmirch the MDC-T ahead of the crucial SADC summit to be held in South Africa on 11 June 2011.

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Last week Tsvangirai publicly challenged his political rival, Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF to come clean on violence and openly prove to Zimbabweans that their hands were not dripping with blood of opponents killed in the former ruling party’s violent campaigns.

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Addressing party supporters in Brunapeg, 118km outside Plumtree in Matabeleland South Province on Wednesday, Tsvangirai said: “My hands have no blood, I am not the one who killed people during Gukurahundi, during Murambatsvina and close to 500 people killed during the bloody 2008 elections because they belong to a different political party.

“They (his hands) are clean and my conscience is also clear . . . can Zanu PF and (President) Mugabe stand before people and say our hands are clean?”

Zanu PF has repeatedly blamed MDC-T for orchestrating violence and recently reportedly told Sadc leaders, the Premier’s party was behind the orgy of violence that gripped the country in the last few months.

But, Tsvangirai said the skirmishes were State-sponsored and in most cases led by Zanu PF elements within the country’s security sector.

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Tsvangirai’s MDC says President Robert Mugabe’s call for elections should be ignored as cheap politicking and it has sited violence perpetrated by Zanu PF and SADC has acknowleged that and also in dispute are the reforms for the security sector.

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Hence Zanu PF are now so desperate to use any available tactics in the book to stop SADC from its track.

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In a press statement, Tsvangirai insists elections cannot be held as there are still outstanding issues that make the environment for elections not conducive.

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“South Africa, working with local negotiators the SADC and the AU, has agreed that no election is possible this year as the conditions are still very far from ideal. The view is even shared by the majority inside Zanu-PF, including Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, though for a different reason.”

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The talk within Zanu-PF about the party’s readiness for elections has been mixed in the past two weeks.

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One of the party’s negotiators in the GPA, Patrick Chinamasa, appeared in the state-run press, confirming that elections were impossible this year. However, his opinion landed him in trouble with Mugabe, who directed the politburo to uphold a decision that the elections must go ahead, even without the MDC.

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A week later one of Mugabe’s trusted lieutenants, one of the sources of unresolved issues in the GPA, Gono, told the Sunday Mail that elections were bad for business this year because the economy is not yet ready for elections.

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“In deciding when and whether or not to hold elections, a fine balance may need to be struck between the twin objectives of politics and the economy,” he told the Sunday Mail.

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Tsvangirai believes the ideal time for elections should be in 2012 when the constitutional process is fully completed.