Police attack Khupe

POLICE brutally crushed an MDC-T voter registration campaign in Lupane ward 9, which was being led by party vice-president, Thokozani Khupe.

By BLESSED MHLANGA

MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe

MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe

Khupe confirmed the attack, saying police officers threw a teargas canister into her car and advanced towards MDC-T supporters, who were having a private meeting at a supporter’s homestead.

“We were having a private meeting encouraging our supporters to go and register to vote. As women, we have a programme where we encourage all the mothers to take their children with them, as they go to register to vote and it was during that meeting that police attacked us unprovoked,” she said.

The former Deputy Premier, who was struggling to breathe as she spoke, said it was her first time to be smoked out by police and she needed to visit the hospital.

“This has never happened in my life, I have never been teargassed. Imagine the innocent women and children being attacked by the police, this is shocking. Our offence is that we are campaigning for our political party,” she said.

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu said the unwarranted crackdown justified calls for outside intervention in the 2018 general elections. He said the attack on Khupe and party supporters was evidence that Zanu PF, aided by a partisan police force, was not ready for a free and fair election.

“This is a harbinger of what awaits us. As we go towards 2018, Zanu PF will use all methods to push the country to a pre-determined electoral outcome and without Sadc, the African Union and the United Nations we are never going to have free and fair polls,” he said.

Gutu said if his party was not allowed to meet its supporters and mobilise voters, it would sadly lead to a disputed poll, which Zimbabweans should not allow.

Attempts to get a comment from the police were fruitless, with spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi referring questions to Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, who was not answering her phone.

19 Responses to Police attack Khupe

  1. gibson May 20, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    Khupe is in politics for money so she said. Ngaachaiwe maningi sitereki.

    • s May 20, 2017 at 11:10 am #

      stupid Gibson.

    • Shava May 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      Vana Gibson,, sorry maningi, hapana zvozikanwa.

    • AGUERO May 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

      URI BENZI

  2. Dzasukwa May 20, 2017 at 7:15 am #

    that is the problem with us zimbos,even if she is in politics for money that is not the reason for her to be attacked by police.She was encouraging people to register she was not asking for money from the people.

  3. kungofungao May 20, 2017 at 7:44 am #

    saka ndiani asiri mu politics for money

  4. Diibulaanyika May 20, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    Gibson izanga and must not be taken serious . The struggle must continue they can use thugs in police uniform to attack other political parties but that will never derail till zanu and Mugabe are remove viva Mama Makupe uyindlovukazi

  5. KHUMBU May 20, 2017 at 8:23 am #

    AT LEAST SHE HAS TESTED WHAT TEAR GAS IS, WELCOME TO ZIMBABWE MADAM

  6. CeeJay May 20, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    Does Zanu PF own the police. Why refering to the teagasong as Zanu Pf when it was work of the police.

    • Shava May 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

      If by now you dont know that Zanu Pf owns the police ,then may be u dont live in Zim.

  7. tofara May 20, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    if you dont know that zanu owns the police then you must be living somewhere in Afghanstan

  8. blue eye May 20, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    the next we would hear is that, they have teargased someone helping himself in the toilet.We have to speak and act against it if we ever dream of having elections that are free, fair and credible. Above all, let’s embrace intervention from SADC, AU, EU and UN for meaningful elections

  9. Russel Westbrook May 20, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    So to summarize , X was teargased in her car, on her way to Y’s homestead for private meeting, to lead a (public) campaign..wtf

  10. s May 20, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    sorry mum khuphe. as I said if we think we will get freedom from a silver plate we are day dreaming. in fact sadc, un etc will not help us. after this we should not stop on our programs we should fall and rise up. revolution started in the mid 90s. you can kill a revolutionist but you cant kill the spirit of revolution. I thought zanu knew that well. after this lets go back mum and tell the parents to take their children for registration. more so in town. my two daughters are turning 18 this time and I am taking them for registration and already understood that. young people register don’t let a 94 year old man and his yellow sleepy man decide your future.

  11. Ian Smith May 20, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    There are those who were campaigning during a funeral of nicompoop Charamba’s wife and they were not teargased. ZRP is partisan.That is the work of dictators.Someone said the personal interest of a Dictator is primarily that the people should be weak, wretched and never be able to resist oppression. This is exactly what is taking place. Smith did not do that to his kinsfolk. In Zimbabwe it is black against black and you call that democracy. My foot!

  12. Bull May 20, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    G I B H I S O N I .

  13. AGUERO May 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    nxaaahhhhh MAPURISA BUH WHY TS ALL ZANU PF LIKE WHAT THEY DID DESTROYING VILLAGERS HOMES IN MAZOWE FOR DR VEFAKE GRACE KTY AITE MUNDA WHY DISPERSE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING A PEACEFUL MEETING THIS IS OBVIOUSLY NOT FREE AND FAIR. GIBSON URI BENZI

  14. stuzim1 May 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

    iron fist rule i declare

  15. Benson May 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    Gibson, so what.

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