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MDC 'helmets' sold to security firm

by ZimLive
15 Oct 2019 at 08:58hrs | Views
Police laid siege on the MDC's headquarters on Monday, a day after over 200 old police helmets were found in the basement of a building in central Harare.

Dozens of armed police officer prevented MDC employees from going into the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, as a man who claimed ownership of the helmets was interviewed at Harare Central Police Station for several hours.

Mitchel Chibwe, a businessman who runs a security company, told police he bought the helmets at an auction.

The government had sought to link the discovery of the helmets to the MDC, with the state-run Herald newspaper claiming that they were "earmarked for use in street violence".

The helmets were found in the basement of Robinson House at the corner of Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and Angwa Street, whereas the MDC HQ is at the corner of Nelson Mandela and Angwa Street.

Chibwe's lawyer Kudzai Rangarirai said they had attended a five-hour long police interview, which he found unnecessarily too long.

"We had a meeting with the police Law and Order team in connection with the 210 police helmets found at Robinson House. The meeting was cordial but too long. We started at 2.30PM. Chibwe has not been charged and is heading home now," the lawyer tweeted just after 7.30PM.

MDC vice president said the police siege on the MDC HQ was an "attack on civil and political rights going on unabated on a daily basis as a gullible region (SADC) watches."

"This is an unmitigated fascist regime without restraint or elasticity," he said.

MDC treasurer David Coltart tweeted: "When will the ruining party come clean about the fact that whilst it may be violent to the core, the MDC is not? We are a party committed to constitutionalism, non-violence and respect for the rule of law - unlike Zanu-PF."

Source - ZimLive
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