Harare Tense Ahead of Anniversary Rally Organised by Prime Minister’s Party
The party said it has enaged security personnel, and police say they are
going on high alert. Analysts say relations between the police and the
public have deteriorated with many turning to the Joint Monitoring and
Implementation Committee to report political violence, by-passing the
by Blessing Zulu
Tensions were reportedly high in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, Friday on
the eve of a rally by the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to mark its 12th anniversary.
Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena charged that the Tsvangirai MDC had
hired “thugs” as security personnel following statements by party leaders
raising concern about possible disruptions and violence by mlitants of
President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF.
Analysts say relations between the police and the public have deteriorated
with many turning to the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee to
report political violence, by-passing the national police.
The Implementation Committe for its part has called on the police to crack
down on violence.
JOMIC co-chair and ZANU-PF representative Oppah Muchinguri told the state
controlled but ZANU-PF leaning Herald newspaper that the committe will work
hard to ensure violence in Harare does not continue.
ZANU-PF supporters are being accused of causing violence at Tuesday’s
re-opening of Parliament and attacks in Highfield and Chitungwiza on
Wednesday, sparking fears of more clashes.
Tsvangirai MDC organizing secretary Nelson Chamisa said police spokesperson
Bvudzijena’s remarks were ill-informed.
Political analyst Pedzisayi Ruhanya urged police to handle political
Youth Minister and ZANU-PF Secretary for Youth Saviour Kasukuwere dismissed
the charges by the MDC that militants of his party are planning to disrupt
the rally and sow chaos in Harare.