Zimbabwe Opposition Leaders Arrested

Harare- Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance deputy presidents Tendai Biti and Lynette Karenyi-Kore have been arrested after their efforts to gain entry into Harvest House were blocked by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police had closed Nelson Mandela Avenue where the building is housed.

Among those arrested were Senator David Chimhini, MDC National Executive Member Lovemore Chinoputsa, and Secretary for International Relations Gladys Hlatswayo and Wongai Tome.

The leaders had gone to their party headquarters to understand circumstances leading to the violent takeover by the rival faction.

“We are the MDC Alliance and we are owners of this building since time immemorial. We are asking the police to clear impostors in our offices so that we work. There was no court order to that effect, our crime is that Nelson Chamisa defeated Emmerson Mnangagwa hands down in 2018,” said Biti

A member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police who identified himself as Superintendent Musoni addressed Biti and ordered him to visit Harare Central police station for a meeting. However, their efforts were thwarted leading to MDC Alliance members breaking into liberation song.

They were eventually arrested and ordered to board a police lorry. The arrests comes at a time a rival faction of the MDC Alliance last night with the help of the army and police took control of the party’s headquarters.

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