Tuesday, January 17, 2012

(NEWZIMBABWE) MDC-T accuses police of looting

COMMENT - It's election time again. From the CIA's Voice Of America (VOA).

MDC-T accuses police of looting
16/01/2012 00:00:00
by VOA

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai MDC-T party has accused police of looting its Bulawayo offices during a weekend raid that culminated in the arrest and beatings of more than 50 activists.

Party supporters had assembled to protest the continued detention of Youth Assembly leader, Solomon Madzore, arrested last year and charged with alleged involvement in the murder of a police officer in the high density suburb of Glen View, Harare.

In a statement Monday, the MDC-T said the Bulawayo activists were freed late Sunday without any charges, but accused the police of looting its property, party regalia and documents.

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena could not be reached for comment.

The Bulawayo incident came a few days after another raid at the party’s Harvest House headquarters in Harare in which riot police arrested ten party youths, who appeared in court Monday charged with public violence.

MDC-T spokesman, Douglas Mwonzora said party lawyers were making efforts to reclaim the seized property.

"They confiscated all official documents, including minutes of our meetings and pamphlets," Mwonzora said.
Political analyst Effie Dlela Ncube said the police actions were hardly surprising given their record of sympathizing with President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF.

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