Anti-riot police storm MDC’s Harvest House to search for machetes
By Staff Reporter
POLICE have stormed the MDC headquarters armed with a search warrant for a cache of machetes they claim are intended for use by the main opposition to commit acts of violence.
Police obtained the warrant of search from the Harare Magistrates’ court earlier in the day.
Reads the warrant in part, “Certain article(s) that is to say: Machetes and subversive material which are concerned or on reasonable grounds believed to be concerned in the commission or suspected commission of an offence of possession of articles for criminal use as defined in Section 40 (1) of Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act, Chapter 9:23 in preparation to commit public violence.”
MDC secretary general Charlton Hwende also tweeted that three 3 truckloads of riot police stormed the party’s headquarters, beating up staff at the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House (formerly known as Harvest House).
Earlier in the day, party deputy national spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said his party had been warned of an impending plot to plant some machetes at its headquarters to create grounds for a crackdown on the main opposition.