By Daniel Chigundu
MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has called on the police and the military to stop night raids of political activists and human rights defenders currently happening in suburbs arguing that they are meant to instil fear in people.
Since the violent clashes in Harare’s Central Business District which saw over 10 people dying of gunshot wounds allegedly from soldiers, people in such suburbs as Chitungwiza, Mbare and Kuwadzana have not had peace.
According to word doing rounds on social media, soldiers are reportedly beating people door to door and in beer halls and imposing curfews.
Speaking on behalf of Chamisa, his spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said the raids are uncalled for and must be stopped immediately.
“The current raids are to ensure that people are denied the chance to challenge the elections results, people should be allowed to enjoy their freedoms.
“The president is concerned by night raids and attacks on people and should be stopped,” he said.
Currently, there are about 25 MDC Alliance activists in custody who were arrested when police raided the party’s headquarters Harvest House a few days ago.
Some of the people arrested are said to be polling agents who had come to submit the V11 forms that the party wants to use in mounting its challenge against the election results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission last week.
MDC Alliance is basing its challenge on the V11 forms which they claim proves that their Presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa actually won the election and not President Emmerson Mnangagwa.