MDC claims rivals, backed by Zim army, have taken over its headquarters
MDC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said political power comes from the people and questioned how the armed forces have been allowed to interfere in civilian affairs.
JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe’s main opposition the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, led by Nelson Chamisa, said its headquarters have been taken over by political rivals backed by the police and army.
The overnight raid follows a recent court ruling that said Chamisa was not properly elected as leader of the party two years ago.
In a statement, MDC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere called the takeover of its headquarters unlawful.
She said that political power came from the people and questioned how the armed forces had been allowed to interfere in civilian affairs.
We are dismayed by the politicized use of security forces to take over the headquarters of an opposition party and arrest its members. A healthy democracy requires healthy opposition parties. #PoliticalArrests #AHouseStolen pic.twitter.com/l3L7Irht2r— U.S. Embassy Harare (@usembassyharare) June 5, 2020
In March, the Supreme Court ruled that Nelson Chamisa was not properly elected as president of the MDC after the death of Morgan Tsvangirai.
Chamisa's supporters claim the state is backing its internal rivals, led by the party's former vice president Thokozani Khupe, to weaken the MDC at a time the country is under lockdown and street protests remain outlawed.
After Khupe takes over the Harvest house, will she also get the hearts of the 2.6 million voters? Did they vote Chamisa because MDC Alliance was at Harvest House? pic.twitter.com/yzt9xiecIp— Dr Thomas Masvosve (@Industrial5th) June 5, 2020