Police mantain siege on MDC HQ

HARARE - Armed police officers have continued round-the-clock deployment and surveillance of Harvest House, the MDC headquarters.

With Charity Charamba, the police spokesperson, saying the presence was ment to scuttle any attempts to cause chaos, the MDC said it is a clear sign of provocation intended to intimidate, instil fear and subdue any dissention.

“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 (Zec) orchestrated at the behest and connivance of Zanu PF,” the MDC said in a statement.

“As a party, the MDC finds it strange that the police and Zanu PF are using such intimidation tactics when Zanu PF is claiming that it won last week’s elections. We wonder why the victor should be afraid of the people and the actions by the police vindicate the MDC’s position that Zanu PF using Zec stole the people’s victory.

“The heavy deployment of police at Harvest House clearly shows that Zanu PF is hiding something.”

But Charamba sdaid: “The police have been present since the MDC indicated that it could mobilise a mass protest in a bid to scuttle the election outcome.”

The MDC leadership has been weighing what action to take following a crushing defeat in an election their leader Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed as a massive fraud.

President Robert Mugabe garnered 61 percent in a presidential race against Tsvangirai’s 34 percent and in Parliament clinched a two-thirds majority.

Observers from Zimbabwe’s neighbours have endorsed the election and urged people to remain calm and accept the result.

Possible action for the MDC includes massive street demonstrations and a passive resistance campaign and the party has already said it will not accept any government arising from the election.

Police say they have deployed outside Harvest House to forestall mass action.

But the MDC said the heavy police presence at Harvest House was also affecting “the day to day business of innocent Zimbabweans who want to move on with their lives after their votes were stolen by the Zanu PF dictatorship.”

“We call upon Zanu PF to unconditionally stop the brutal and savage attack on the MDC,” the party said in a statement.

“Such bully tactics are totally unacceptable and will not deter the MDC from pursuing the democratic agenda of bringing a better life to all Zimbabweans.”

Comments (2)

Great job Charity Charamba and Justice Rita Makarau.Madzimai munogona imi.Absolute professionalism.God bless for an excellent election

john thomson - 14 August 2013

Yes, let the police stooges maintain the siege - the STOLEN VOTE has to be protected you know. These policemen are the poorest in the country and are doing this to perpetuate their poverty. WELL DONE!

Johnson Vinyu - 14 August 2013

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