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Cops to flight video on violence


Police will flight video footage and photographs of perpetrators of violence which rocked Chitungwiza over the weekend and at the MDC-T headquarters, Harvest House, last week.

The latest development comes amid calls for thorough investigations into escalating acts of violence countrywide, which both President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, have publicly condemned.

Police have been heavily criticised for failing to arrest perpetrators of violence. Only two people had been arrested by yesterday.

Yesterday, police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri told NewsDay: “We will be flighting the video footage as well as pictures we captured during the disturbances. We will make use of both national television and the print media for identification purposes which should lead to more arrests.”

However, both Zanu PF and MDC-T are differing on the motive of the police.

“If the police are really genuine, they must provide all the video footage on violence that took place at Parliament, in Mbare, Chitungwiza and Harvest House. What we know for a fact is that the video footage they will provide will be edited, their motive being to portray MDC-T as a violent party and persecute us,” said MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora.

But Zanu PF supported the police investigations, saying they must be left to do their job and bring culprits to book.

Party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said:

“That is the right thing to do because they want to nail down the culprits. The police have to decide on their own how they want to handle investigations. If the security forces want to use the footage to arrest perpetrators of violence, then what is wrong with that?”

The Chitungwiza violence resulted in MDC-T abandoning a rally which was scheduled to be addressed by Tsvangirai.

Contrary to reports that former Finance deputy minister David Chapfika was part of the team that mobilised suspected Zanu PF youths to disrupt the meeting, it has since emerged that special interest councillor for ward 20 in Chitungwiza Tichaona Chapfika was the one who had reportedly organised a soccer tournament at Chibuku Stadium on that particular day.

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