Chamisa divides police, military

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has reportedly suspended 16 top police officers, accusing them of allowing MDC Alliance activists to freely demonstrate in Harare’s central business district on Wednesday before soldiers moved in and fired indiscriminately, killing six people on the spot and injuring 14 others.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE/EVERSON MUSHAVA

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa

This came amid reports of fierce fights between police and the Zimbabwe National Army over last week’s deadly clashes and weekend raids at opposition leaders’ homes by armed soldiers.

MDC Alliance leaders yesterday claimed hundreds of their supporters and top officials in various parts of the country had gone into hiding from an army-led crackdown days after ruling Zanu PF party leader Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared presidential winner of last week’s controversial election.

“There are a lot of people hiding as soldiers are going door-to-door. There are people disappearing. We don’t know how many — maybe 30, maybe 50. They are clearly trying to scatter the leadership, to stop us organising,” MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said.

“The nature of an abduction means we can’t tell who has gone, but we have lots of people missing. We have helped five people who narrowly escaped abduction to flee Zimbabwe.
Others, we are hiding in safe houses. There is intimidation and atrocious treatment of people whom they catch.”

Police sources claimed that fierce fights had erupted between the ZRP and the army over which security department was responsible for last Wednesday’s fatalities and the weekend harassment of opposition activists.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could neither confirm nor deny the bad blood between the security arms.

Asked to comment on the alleged suspension of pro-Chamisa police officers, Charamba said: “As police, we follow the law. If any of our officers breached the Police Act, they are supposed to face the law, but at the moment, I am not confirming or denying that. I need to check with those responsible so that I could give you a true response.”

On Wednesday last week, the government unleashed soldiers to disperse thousands of MDC Alliance demonstrators who stormed the capital city, accusing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of rigging the just-ended harmonised election in favour of Zanu PF.

Six people were killed when the military opened fire on the crowded streets, in a move which was widely condemned by the international community as gross abuse of human rights.


NewsDay understands that 16 riot police officers from Mbare Police Station were targeted for disciplinary action after they allegedly failed to disperse the protesters.

“The Commissioner-General (Godwin Matanga) was not happy with the way the officers responded to the demonstration, particularly those who were captured on camera as gesturing to the protesters to jump onto a police vehicle. The top commanders feel like the officers were in support of the demonstrators, instead of dispersing them,” a police source said.

Shortly after the fatal protests, Zanu PF’s losing Harare East parliamentary candidate and former Finance deputy minister Terence Mukupe, took to social media platforms, labelling the police officers as MDC supporters.

“How do we send the ZRP Support Unit that voted against the President to contain the stupid demo by (Tendai) Biti and his MDC buffoons? It’s time for the army to move in and restore order!” Mukupe said in a Facebook rant last Wednesday.

50 Comments

  1. Mukupe, you are very STUP!D. Its you who is a buffoon. Thats the reason why you lost the in the election. How can supporters vote for a buffoon like you???

    1. He has even failed to pay school fees for his children.
      A foolish father.

    2. chimuti you are a fool real fool

    3. Terrence must concentrate of being the loser that he is. He thought he is macho. Silly boy. Come to the streets and you will face real macho men. Zim was never going to progress with the likes of Mukupe in the Finance Ministry. It is good riddance that he is voted out.

    4. He is an ID!OT.

  2. The sickly looking Zim soldiers wont stand a chance against the Support Unit. The Support Unit guys are well fed, smart and fit.

    1. unenge benzi

  3. KKKK whatever you may try to portray the truth still remains Chamisa lost the elections free and fair. Time is moving and still no official complaint lodged to prove that he has won the elections. ZEC has presented its data for the whole world to see. No we are waiting for his. Only time will answer.

    1. You are a misguided cannon. For you to make such statements, you should have weighed both sides of the coin and found the real facts. Remember the 7 day period has not lapsed yet for the loosing candidates to lodge their complaints with the constitutional court.

      1. Did he not have representatives at the polling stations, also, he claims he won but komichi said they did not sign off on the results and that he did not see the, so how did they know they won or am i missing something. may you please explain this to me cz im failing to understand

        1. When the electoral courts where created it wasn’t for Polling Stations with agents but for all irregularities

        2. you are definitely missing something, check Zec’s confirmation of the number of registered voters (5.6 mil), Zec’s confirmation of voter turn out during the elections (72%). This means Zim had 4.032 mil voters during the just ended election. However Zec then announced that ED had polled 2.46 mil to beat NC who they said polled 2.15 mil for presidency.
          Similarly and as per Zec’s announcement, the total sum of all votes cast for all the members of parliament in all 210 constituencies are much much more than the 4.03 mil who voted. In the rural areas Zec also announced Zanu PF victory votes which were well over the registered number of voters for those constituencies. In Chiredzi North, for example, Zec announced that Zanu PF polled 35 865. Previously Zec had confirmed that there were only 30 656 registered voters in Chiredzi North. Zec also announced other votes polled by other losing candidates increasing the numbers further.
          I don’t support MDC but I don’t understand what Zec meant by verification of results if they failed to do such simple and imperative reconciliation.

    2. Chamisa won all the urban centres were people use their brains not rural fiefdoms run by chiefs. What economy is there in the rural areas? If Zanu PF really won why are there no celebrations? What are they waiting for?

      1. how can one celebrate after that bloodshed? we are human ..politics aside our brothers and sisters were killed and some injured, how can one ignore and go on to celebrate in such a sober environment? This is what sets Zanu and MDC apart. Zanu pf is more mature than MDC.

        1. Who killed our brothers and sisters

      2. We have many vagrants, non learned whindis in twn not rural areas.All susccessful people in Zim have a very strong rural background, where culture, tradition hence leadership are permantly resident. You cant raise a child who grow up pointing middle fingers to adults, to be a leader of tommorow!!! leading who?. you comment shows your lack of fundamental social and political principles. Nehudofo hwavo vanotongwa nemadzimambo ndivo vanoita decision yamambo wenyika yose. Naizvozvo ZANU PFe ED Pfeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    3. I am beginning to believe that poverty and oppresion given in excess portions is actually addictive to some persons… Or how can one understand zanu supporters have a reason to support it after a generation of destruction…. About Makupe, the gravy train is over, one wonders how you will pay school fees and other mountains of debt… maybe you will use your connections to supplier money changers with bond notes…

  4. The ZRP never did anything wrong. Its the ZNA barbarians who shot indiscriminately killing innocent civilians. Those soldiers should be fired and jailed. Its the duty of police to control the civilians and not the idiots.

  5. Vision Foretold

    #Shut down Zimbabwe #Shut down Zimbabwe #Shut down Zimbabwe

    1. From the comfort of your home you send this. Peace and love Zimbabwe

  6. This is a very hollow victory for zanupf, even the ‘winners’ themselves are barely celebrating, it just shows that cheating doesn’t pay

  7. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Again, Chamisa clearly gives an indication of not learning from previous mistakes. Only the rule of law will prevail in this country. The police and army are all part and parcel of the executive headed by President Mnangagwa. Chamisa mufana, don’t be fooled, both the army and the police don’t belong to you unless wafunga zvokuorera mujeri nenyaya ye treason. You were sometime seen on video claiming that you have sympathisers in the army working against their commander in chief and are giving you information on certain russians in Zimbabwe. It is just a mater of time before the law requires you to name those soldiers. Choose your advisers wisely, kwete avo vave kuda kukukanda mumukanwa meshumba.

    1. What education do you have to give advice to a lawyer? Who asked for your stupid advice. Celebrate your hollow win – 7 people are dead, gunned by a government which is happy to “win” elections but is not too keen to take the responsibility which comes with governing, like giving orders to soldiers to shoot and kill. It is downright stupid to support people who might end up killing you or your relatives but its a personal choice.

  8. You are a misguided cannon. For you to make such statements, you should have weighed both sides of the coin and found the real facts. Remember the 7 day period has not lapsed yet for the loosing candidates to lodge their complaints with the constitutional court.

  9. Our country is ruled by gangs. Chiwenga has his gangs terrorising innocent civilians.

  10. Sick and Tired

    Did Chamisa not have his reps at the polling stations? Komichi said he did not see the results but yet they say they won? how is that possible. May God help us

    1. use your brains brother, the results for them to be announced needs to be signed by chief election officials of participating parties of which that didnt happen.

    2. When the electoral courts where created it wasn’t for Polling Stations with agents but for all irregularities

  11. Chamisa now want to play a martyr. He has to have done something important for that role. It is sad that a unemployed former MP is now grasping at straws to be heard and have nothing to fall back on, not even his own party member that have said his claim of election fraud are unproven and cannot be proven as it was his own agents at the polling stations that did not sign off. Chamisa is in a illusion and bad dream right now and does not want to wake to the reality he is done. And now causing issues within his own party to be shut out of any unity with the ruling party to bring the country together. This is all about his little ego and thinks he is bigger that what he has earned as the party leader which is nothing.

    1. dont just hallucinate my brother or sister go and sleep if you dont have anything positive to say.

  12. Comment…This bigest problem for zim is our neighbours .They congrutulate Ed knowing very well the numbers were tampered with .As zim suffers their countiers will be prospering nekushandirwa nemazimbos and doing bissness with powerfull nations while we watch.They used Bob as a front he talk shit to the world no bzness for him .No one will do bzness with army

  13. Not only is there discord between the ZRP and the ZNA but the ZNA/ZDF itself is bound to have mixed allegiances and feelings over what has happened and what will be happening in the coming weeks and months.

  14. bheveni sibanda

    Tikaswero kuda kutswaka makudo mugomo tinomawana saka ino haisi nguva yekunyakurirana nyoka mhenyu. Tikaramba tine pfungwa dzatinadzo hatina kwatingaende senyika. lets unite and work together towards buiding our nation

  15. machinja anerudo akuziva chokwadi kuti nerooo wakahwina

  16. Wezhira Wezhara

    The number 1 ganster in the country is Chamisa. ZEC has published Police station based results for the Presidential election in today’s Herald. For all buffoons who believe there was rigging just check the results for your polling station. Mine was not changed so I believe ZEC is 100 % transparent. Had it not been for Harare and Bulawayo, Chamisa would have been beaten by a very wide margin. Chero mukapopota ED pfeee for the next 5 years. We are tired of celebrating isu because winning is in our DNA. Some senior police officers must be arrested in fact because that demostration was not sanctioned but they made no attempt to stop it. I personally saw youths who were heavily drunk but still consuming hot stuffs without dillution and toyi toying past OK first street every 10 minutes.

    1. @Wezhira. So you have absolutely nothing to worry about, if the whole country (barring Harare and Bulawayo who instead of being best informed must be the most confused) is behind you. Go ahead, sort out the nation’s problems. The courts and ZEC will handle the MDC Alliance, if the polling station forms clearly show there is no case, as you say. Let us see where we are by Christmas….

  17. Shinhee Toendepi

    A brand new police force is what is required

  18. Pasi pano ndepi kwawakambohwa kuti akazoita president ahwina a court case, inyaya yekungosa accepta defeat, the whole world they know it kuti people dont accept defeat, bhora rinotambwa after defeat unoona imwe team yoti ground ranga rakanyorova wogoshaya kuti atambira mune rakaoma ndiani.

  19. zim army are fools how do you shoot beat unarmed civillians smith was better than zim army how do u beat people who are crying for fredom real Chiwenga is more evil than bob

  20. ED pfee; Chamisa bhuuuuuuuuu!!

  21. I think it would have been preferable for Chamisa to have taken this matter up in the courts with all relevant proof rather than to incite demonstrations which achieved nothing other than getting people killed and soiling our country’s reputation further. My problem with Chamisa right from the beginning has been with his political immaturity ;his behaviour is reminiscent of a student political leader at the UZ instead of a person running for President of our nation. Tired and disillusioned with Zanu Pf and the impending threat of General bleach and a military state I had cautiously decided to vote for Chamisa against my better judgement when I registered. Then he and his supporters made several sexist and misogynistic statements (which I as a woman could not ignore ) ,he came out on the BBC Hard-talk and was exposed as a daydreamer and pathological liar ,a veritable “Alice in Wonderland ” was how the interviewer described him. He promised to kick out the Chinese (which made no economic sense as China is the biggest investor worldwide at the moment)and probably worst of all he showed his ignorance of the genocide and apartheid in Palestine by speaking of Israel in glowing terms in his manifesto. I could have ignored a lot of issues but Palestine I could not . Chamisa achieved the impossible ,he turned me off so much I rushed to the polls and cast a vote for ED.

  22. Vanhu vatema tiri mhuka chaidzo. Hapana chatinogonawo tega.Takaitireyi maelection kana tisingaagoni waste commissioning ZEC kana isingaite basa rayo ichishandisa mutemo upi wakaiswa nani. Kuti mune varirikutonga mune vakaenda kuchikoro vakadzidza koivo varikupikisa zvakdiiwo. Iii zvinonyadzisa.

  23. I am beginning to believe that poverty and oppresion given in excess portions is actually addictive to some persons… Or how can one understand zanu supporters have a reason to support it after a generation of destruction…. About Makupe, the gravy train is over, one wonders how you will pay school fees and other mountains of debt… maybe you will use your connections to supplier money changers with bond notes…

  24. I am beginning to believe that poverty and oppresion given in excess portions is actually addictive to some persons… Or how can one understand zanu supporters have a reason to support it after a generation of destruction…. About Makupe, the gravy train is over, one wonders how you will pay school fees and other mountains of debt… maybe you will use your connections to supplier money changers with bond notes…welcome to life from sugar candy mountain, muriel.

  25. My hope is that serious thought is given to the selection of the new Cabinet.The country cannot afford to have low-life apologists running the countries affairs.I am very pleased that Mukupe is now a former member of the cabinet.

    1. Mukupe was deputy minister…this does not give him licence to sit in cabinet…or have you changed the law when everyone was busy at the polls???

  26. nonsense you are tring to cause unnecessary unrest

  27. Comment…vanhu vanongoti zanu asi mumomira muma bank line enyu mega kani mdc or zanu tese tichangokaura hapana bullet rinonzi mdc musoja akapfuura iwe wacho wezanu unongouraiwawo

  28. Wezhira Qezhara you are mad. Infact, you are an idiot. Shame. Nxaaa

  29. Machinja makangwaririra kutuka chete hapana chimwe chamunogona.Thats why muchirohwa nana ED vakazvinyararira.You are fools munongoti mukaudzwa fact motuka ndozvamunogona chete.Nxaa makaruza makaruza chete apa.

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