Zim police raid MDC residence

2009-10-24 10:24

Heavily armed police have raided an official residence of the

opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Harare looking for


MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti told journalists the raid yielded


The “provocative action” last night, he said, had only deepened the

rift between Zimbabwe’s partners in the inclusive government.

“More than 50 heavily armed police details stormed our executive

home in Highlands last night. They ransacked the house and dug up gardens and

lawns looking for arms of war. They found nothing and ended up taking away our

party documents they found in the house,” said Biti, who was with the party’s

information secretary, Nelson Chamisa.

“This is an act of provocation, an act of harassment and

intimidation. We are a non-violent party and we do not keep any weapons, let

alone arms of war that these thugs were looking for. If they found even a knife,

it would be a kitchen knife.”

Biti said the police claimed guns and other weapons were missing

from Chikurubi Maximum Prison and the MDC was suspected of having stolen


The house is MDC property and was used to accommodate party

executives before the inclusive government was set up. Officials such as party

vice-president Thokozani Khupe and chairperson Lovemore Moyo from Matabeleland

used the house when they came to Harare on party business, before they were

given government houses.

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