Breaking: Zimbabwean police arrest opposition leaders


Munashe Rungano

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has arrested opposition party leaders for protesting the take over of the party’s headquarters by rival Thokozani Khupe.

Khupe was on Thursday evening assisted by armed soldiers and police officers to take over Morgan Tsvangirai House, formerly Harvest House on the strength of a court ruling which the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa has called “a sham”.

Among the arrested leaders are the two MDC Alliance Tendai Biti and Lynette Kore.
The arrests come when the party president Chamisa indicated in a tweet earlier on that his party leadership was positioning to fight the property take over.

“Our leaders VP Kore, VP Biti and other leaders are at MRT House to ask the police to clear out illegal occupants who are in MRT House so that they can work,” reads the tweet.
Other opposition leaders who were arrested include the party’s National Standing Committee members, deputy International Relations secretary Lovemore Chinoputsa, deputy secretary-general David Chimhini, Vongai Tome and secretary for international relations, Gladys Hlatywayo.

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