Three people have died after today’s political violence rocked Harare as MDC Alliance supporters protested against the election results.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Chief Staff Officer – Press and Public Relations, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the sad development, saying the three are yet to be identified and are at Parirenyatwa Hospital mortuary.
She warned the people against acts of hooliganism and vandalism which forced the security agents to intervene to calm things down.
Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba also said the ZRP will arrest all perpetrators.
“Let me warn those who were involved in setting ablaze vehicles, assaulting vendors taking their wares, damaging shops and conducting unlawful gatherings, that the ZRP will all such perpetrators of violence. Those who were involved in these acts of violence also besieged Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices and National Results Centre as well as the Harare International Conference Centre. They caused massive destruction of property which includes shops and we are currently assessing the extent of damage,” she said, warning that such acts will be met with the full wrath of the law.
The ZRP also “warned political leaders who have incited their followers into committing acts of violence that the long arm of the law will certainly catch up with them.”
Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba said they are keen to interview MDC Alliance member, Tendai Biti and Happison Chidziva, and they are inviting them to the CID Law and Order to assist with investigations.
The police spokesperson confirmed that the ZRP Commissioner General Godwin Matanga has invoked the Public Order and Security Act (Cjapter 11.17) and approached the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage to request for assistance of defence forces for suppression of the commotion and disturbances in Harare CBD.
“This is due to the fact that the degree of disturbances of law and order have reached a magnitude where by the regular police officers and the reserve members have been unable to cope,” said Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba.
She urged members of the public to remain calm, shun violence and respect the laws of the country, while the media should report responsibly and objectively.