by DANAI MWARUMBA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – RENEWED tension has gripped Zimbabwe amid fears opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, might be arrested for defying a commission of inquiry into the army’s killing of civilians during elections in August.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance president has refused to appear before the commission led by former South African president, Kgalema Motlanthe, accusing it of bias.
Chamisa has been mobilising youths nationwide to protest alleged election rigging by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
Reports suggested the commission had recommended his arrest.
Happymore Chidziva, the MDC Alliance Youth Assembly leader, threatened they would “destabilise” Zimbabwe if the youthful leader (aged 40) was apprehended.
“We hear that some state security officers are planning to arrest
Chamisa,” Chidziva said.
“That is the biggest mistake they can ever make. If they arrest Chamisa, he will not walk three steps handcuffed before the country is plunged into unrest,” he said.
George Charamba, the government spokesperson, warned Chamisa and party supporters against demonstrations.
“If Chamisa thinks that his response to a subpoena is by throwing street demos, then he is in for a very rude shock. He must be brought to account,” Charamba charged.
Uncertainty has gripped the economically-troubled Southern African country after contentious elections retained incumbent, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in power.
The army shot dead six people during resultant protests against the
handling of the poll by ZEC.
Political parties, state security, churches and individuals have since appeared before the commission of inquiry into the post-election violence.
– CAJ News