by DANAI MWARUMBA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THREE people died on Wednesday while scores were injured when undemocratic Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance turned berserk in Harare.
The unprovoked MDC activists turned violent burning vehicles for innocent members of the public prompting police to request military support.
The MDC violence stemmed from inciteful utterances allegedly breathed by Tendai Biti and Happison Chidziva, who allegedly uttered provoking statements.
As a result, police are now looking for the duo with intention to question them following their utterances that inflamed chaos leaving three people dead.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the law enforcement agency was now keen to interview both Biti and Chidziva in connection with the violence.
“We are keen to interview Mr Tendai Biti and Happison Chidziva of the MDC Alliance. We are inviting them to come to CID Law and Order in Harare. They are invited so that they can assist police with investigations,” Charamba said.
Biti is the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), one of the key MDC Alliance principals while Chidziva leads the youth wing.
“We are urging members of the public to remain calm. Refrain from violence and also respect the rule of law in the country. We want to warn in no uncertain terms that those who are instigating violence should stop,” Charamba said.
However, the public condemned the military intervention arguing such brutal force to MDC violence was not worthy.
“The election was peaceful until MDC hooligans turned violent to spoil the otherwise peaceful election process. Equally, what the military did was very wrong,” a senior human rights activist said.
Several members of the public blamed MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, Biti and Chidziva for allegedly announcing the elections before the rightful election body – the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) finalised declaration of election outcome.
Several international organisations had initially described the country’s election peaceful, free and fair, but the last moment turned horrific.
– CAJ News