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‘Raid on MDC headquarters linked to election rigging claims’

Nelson Chamisa's lawyer Thabani Moyo says the police are being used in an attempt to undermine their case against the electoral commission.

FILE: MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa addresses the press on the elections, stating they have been rigged. Thomas Holder/EWN

HARARE - The lawyer representing Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says the raid on the party’s headquarters is linked to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance’s claim that elections were rigged to favour Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Twenty-two people were arrested when police sealed off and raided the Harvest House on Wednesday.

On Friday, Chamisa said his party would provide proof the numbers were cooked.

His lawyer Thabani Moyo says the police are being used in an attempt to undermine their case against the electoral commission.

“They went to the MDC headquarters because they thought they were going to find the V11 forms and confiscate them.”

Moyo also condemned the attempt to forcefully remove reporters from the hotel where Chamisa made the announcement.

“You were threatened and told there could be no press conference.”

Meanwhile, police officers can be seen stationed outside the party’s headquarters on Saturday afternoon.

UK CONCERNED

Britain’s government said on Saturday that it was deeply concerned by violence following Zimbabwe’s elections and by the “disproportionate response from the security forces.”

“We have urged all parties to work together to ensure calm,” Harriett Baldwin, minister of state for Africa, said in a statement. “It is vital that any appeals against the results or the process are handled swiftly and impartially.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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