Police are reportedly hunting for MDC-T youth leaders in connection with the death of Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View, Harare, last week.
On Tuesday morning, officers from the CID Law and Order sections at Harare Central Police Station reportedly invaded Harvest House, the MDC-T headquarters, in search of youth assembly chairperson Solomon Madzore and his secretary-general, Promise Mkwananzi, for questioning.
The party’s youth league confirmed their leadership was in hiding following a crackdown that has seen more than 20 people arrested and charged with murder.
“The MDC Youth Assembly is greatly shocked by the way the ZRP carries out its investigations,” said the assembly spokesperson, Clifford Hlatywayo.
However, police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau said he was unaware of the developments. He said if indeed the police were looking for them, they should turn themselves in.
Hlatywayo said the police move was an act of desperation bent on silencing the party in Harare.
“This is clear testimony of the extent of desperation the police force has reached. What we do not know is the connection between the Youth Assembly leadership and the Glen View disturbances,” he said.
“The police must be very professional and serious in their investigations into this matter. As a party, we have already made our position clear that the police should institute a professional, unbiased investigation for all cases of violence, including those of Mbare, Cashel Valley in Chimanimani East as well as the 2008 mass killings and torture,” said Hlatywayo.