Police take over Glen View home of MDC member
By Tererai Karimakwenda
The atmosphere in Harare’s Glen View suburb has remained tense as police continue random arrests of innocent residents, more than a week after the murder of a policeman at a local bar. An unofficial curfew is reportedly in effect as residents limit their own movements to avoid getting caught. And a report from the MDC-T said “scores of armed police” have taken over the home of a party member in the area.
The report said a former councillor named Dehwa, of ward 30 in Glen View 3, was “forced to flee the house” as police descended on the area, claiming they were investigating the death of policeman Petros Mutedza.
Witnesses said Mutedza was killed by unknown revelers drinking at the bar, but the police have targeted residents randomly and more than 25, mostly MDC-T members, have now been arrested. A group of 12 appeared in court last week charged with murder and lawyers said many had visible signs of severe assault and torture. The case was remanded until June 17th, after the Attorney General’s office asked for more time to investigate.
According to the MDC-T, the armed police officers who took over Dehwa’s house at number 1329, 2nd Crescent in Glen View 3, “have occupied all the rooms at the house and can be seen playing music at full blast and cooking”.
Reports received by the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) this week confirmed that police were still harassing residents in Glen View. CHRA chairperson Simbarashe Moyo told SW Radio Africa that some reports were disturbing.
“We hear from our structures in Glen View that uniformed and plain clothes police are arresting residents indiscriminately, hoping to find among them the person who murdered the policeman last week”, Moyo said.
He explained that people are living with the fear of being arrested for the murder and others have actually left the area. “When an area resembles a war zone you can expect that some will be running away, but individual freedoms must be upheld”, Moyo added.
The police, under orders from the Mugabe regime, have been enforcing an illegal ban on public gatherings around the country and have disrupted prayer meetings organized as part of the national healing programme.
Observers have strongly criticized ZANU PF for targeting the MDC-T, who are supposed to be their partners in a unity government brokered by regional leaders.
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