POLICE WARN AGAINST VIOLENCE
1 August 2018
. . . Biti, Chidziva wanted
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned the public from engaging in acts of violence, saying the law will catch-up with all the perpetrators.
This followed violent demonstrations by suspected MDC Alliance supporters in the central business district leading to three deaths.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, in a statement, said police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga invoked the Public Order and Security Act (Chapter 11.17) and added that the police had approached the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage to request for assistance of defence forces for suppression of the upheavals in the CBD.
She said the police are inviting MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti and Happy Chidziva “to assist the police with investigations.”
“Let me warn those who were involved in setting ablaze vehicles, assaulting vendors, taking their wares, damaging shops and conducting unlawful gatherings that the ZRP will deal with all such perpetrators of violence.
Those who were involved in these acts of violence also besieged Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices and National Results Centre as well as the Harare International Conference Centre. They caused massive destruction of property which includes shops and we are currently assessing the extent of damage,” she said.