Armed police swoop on home of MDC-T chair for Midlands

MDC-T Midlands South Chair Lilian Timveos

By Tichaona Sibanda
25 January 2013

Heavily armed police on Thursday raided the Zvishavane home of the MDC-T chairperson for Midlands South province, Lilian Timveos looking for ‘smuggled goods’.

Timveos confirmed to SW Radio Africa that police officers brandishing AK47 rifles swooped on her house armed with a search warrant while she was out of the house. She said her husband and children were present when they searched the house, room by room, a situation they described as ‘terrifying’.

While the search warrant indicated the police were looking for ‘smuggled goods’ Timveos suspects the officers who conducted the raid used it as a decoy to look for literature information related to her party activities. Timveos explained that the police went away empty handed.

Her suspicions have been buttressed by the fact that after the police left her home, another team of officers was dispatched to search the MDC-T provincial offices in Gweru. This time, the police said they were looking for laptops and radios.

Timveos, a respected businesswoman and the only female chairperson to lead a political province in Zimbabwe, said Friday that she’s at a loss as to why the police units searched her house and provincial offices.

“First of all, I don’t know what smuggled goods look like and I certainly don’t know if owning a laptop or a radio has now become a criminal offence in Zimbabwe,” Timveos said.

The senior MDC-T official said she and her family are still stunned by Thursday’s massive flurry of police activity in her house and at the party’s provincial offices.

“What I faced yesterday (Thursday) has come as a total shock to me. It was totally unexpected, and I can affirm to you that this is not a pleasant situation. Regardless of the reasons for this police operation, they have our full co-operation,” she said.

SW Radio Africa correspondent in Bulawayo Lionel Saungweme reported that if the police were looking for smuggled goods, it wasn’t their duty to search the house. Instead that would be a job for the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

“The assumption in MDC-T circles here is that the police were looking for laptops to forward them to the Central Intelligence Organisation where they would be forensically interrogated to get vital information on the party as elections loom,” Saungweme said.



7 Responsesto “Armed police swoop on home of MDC-T chair for Midlands”

  1. Tora Bora says:

    Gestapo police force. Bhurakwachas will answer for their fragrant disregard of basic human rights.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mabasa eZANU(PF) okutya kukundwa pasarudzo atotanga. Yongotsvaga uta nemuhari.

  3. Muktar Sayad says:

    This is just the prelude wait for elections and we will see Zanu PF use its war machine to intimidate Zimbabweans. Who is going to stop him Morgan? Forget him he and his fellow travelers in the other factions of the MDC will sit on the touchlines and merely watch as spectators. Mugabe is just too smart for Tsvangirai he has outwitted him ever-since he entered politics. He has learned nothing from Mugabe except become a yes man.

  4. david taylor says:

    I wish this lady and her family all the best, and hope she continues her good and very legal political work.

    The country will be a lot freer and ultimately a lot more prosperous should her party win the next election.

  5. GBZ says:

    When Good Men Do Nothing, The Triumph Of Evil

  6. mugabe must have told them to investigate again

  7. Anonymous says:

    MDC-T chairperson for Midlands South province, Lilian Timveos is obviously doing a great job. No wonder zanu’s ARMED thug brigade control freeks, posing as ZRP (police), have swooped down on her for concocted reasons. She is scaring the s h i t out of them. These thugs have learnt that the people of Midlands south are 100% in support of Lilian.

    Be defiant Lilian ! The people are with you!

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