Zimbabwe police investigate opposition leader

2018-08-02 17:31
Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) (File, AFP)

Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) (File, AFP)

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A lawyer in Zimbabwe says police are investigating opposition presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa and others for allegedly inciting violence.

Kumbirai Mafunda confirms that a search warrant was issued on Wednesday, when soldiers in Harare fired live rounds to disperse opposition protesters, some of whom were rioting.

A copy of the warrant, seen by The Associated Press, says Chamisa and several others including opposition politician Tendai Biti are suspected of the crimes of "possession of dangerous weapons" and "public violence."

The warrant authorises police to search for and confiscate any evidence as part of their investigation.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu-PF party have accused the opposition of inciting the deadly violence as Zimbabwe awaits the results of Monday's election. The opposition, human rights activists and some election observers have condemned the "excessive" force in crushing the protests.

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