MDC ConCourt challenge: Police say on high alert for possible violence
By Staff Reporter
POLICE say they are on high alert for any attempts to disrupt Wednesday’s Constitutional Court poll challenge hearing by MDC Alliance losing presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa.
In a statement on Monday, national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said police and other security services were ready to deal with the threats.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is appealing to all Zimbabweans to remain calm and peaceful as the court process unfolds,” he said.
“We are urging all interested parties to allow the due process of the court to be conducted without hindrance.
“We have noted with concern threats that are being propagated on social media to derail the court process.”
The country is on a knife edge as all attention is this week directed at judges who will handle the high-profile case.
Harare was early this month plunged into chaos when MDC Alliance supporters staged wild protests over what they alleged to be poll fraud by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission against the main opposition.
The army was called in to quell the protests but later shot live bullets at protesters and bystanders leading to the killing of six people.
In her statement, Charamba hinted on the possible deployment of the army if the situation turns riotous.
“The ZRP and other security services are on high alert and will maintain law and order while ensuring that the public is safe and able to conduct their activities in the central business district in a peaceful environment.
“We want to warn all those bent on instigating violence that the law will be applied without fear or favour,” she said.
She also warned against any attempts by those who had nothing to do with the court process to gather within the precincts of the apex court.