MP’s home raided by security agents as crackdown intensifies

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba

By Nomalanga Moyo
21 February 2013

Armed detectives on Wednesday stormed the home of the MDC-T parliamentarian for Luveve, Reginald Moyo, in search of military equipment and communication devices.

Moyo was away in Harare on parliament business when the seven armed officers pounced, although his wife and children were home.

He said: “Seven armed police detectives from Bulawayo Central’s Law and Order section raided my home in Luveve suburb.

“I was not at home, but they told my wife that there were looking for military equipment and communication devices, including radios.

“They harassed my wife and kids, asking them unnecessary questions, but they didn’t find anything.”

The raid on Wednesday follows a police ban on ‘specially designed radios’ that are ‘not compatible with state owned stations’.

Announcing the ban at a press conference on Tuesday, police spokesperson Charity Charamba claimed the devices, particularly SW and AM radios, would be used to communicate hate speech ahead of polls.

Charamba warned that those who received the radios would be arrested together with organisations which distribute them.

Moyo told SW Radio Africa that the officers indicated they would be returning, and almost confiscated a book by the late Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo which they deemed ‘subversive’.

Surprisingly, the police did not take away the three shortwave radio receivers that were at Moyo’s house.

Moyo said the raid appeared to be part of a well-designed plot by ZANU PF to use the partisan police force to crack down on civil society and opposition party supporters, ahead of the referendum and elections scheduled for this year.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo said he was not aware of the incident and would not comment.

Meanwhile the home of former Gwanda North MDC legislator Thandeko Zinti Mkandla was on Saturday also raided by six officers from Gwanda police station looking for subversive material.

Mkandla told us that the officers said they were acting on intelligence that he possessed smuggled electrical goods, including televisions and radio receivers.

Mkandla, who was at home at the time, said the officers did not find anything and left empty-handed.

“This is nothing short of political harassment, a strategy by ZANU PF to frustrate those individuals that they see as a threat in the forthcoming elections,” Mkandla said.

In the past week there has been a steady rise in the number of human rights activists and MDC members being arrested or harassed by security forces, as reported by this station.

On Tuesday police ransacked the Harare and Masvingo offices of Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), the country’s biggest independent elections watchdog group, looking for the same radios. ZESN’s Masvingo offices were again raided Thursday by as yet to be identified individuals.

The massive crackdown is likely to affect rural people most of whom rely on radios to listen to popular short wave stations such as Studio 7 and SW Radio Africa.

7 Responsesto “MP’s home raided by security agents as crackdown intensifies”

  1. Chimbwidos Warvets says:

    Police can pounce on anyone if they suspect something is wrong. This is a practice which is carried out world-wide and is not news at all. If they suspect a crime has been committed they simply carry out an investigation including the process of visiting the home of the suspected criminal.

    • Yepec says:

      Given the oppression and the partisan nature of the Security Forces in Zimbabwe, can the persecution resulting from these raids be likened to “a world – wide practice”?

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        While I do not deny your right to express your views of our security forces, I do not characterise their job as partisan at all. Whatever your views, the police of Zimbabwe like other police forces of the world, have a responsibility of maintaining peace and order in the country and are doing just that.

    • Common Sense says:

      CW, will you please bloody well get real!

      You clearly cannot see the forces at play here, or indeed if you do see the reality you are mocking the Zimbabwean people. This is police harassment driven by ZANU-PF. IT IS News and need to be told.

      ZANU-PF cannot win legally or democratically, they survive by cheating, that is who you are.

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        I will not allow you to intimidate me and to make silly insinuations about my person young man. I have never cheated anybody and if ZANU PF does, it is non of my business because I have nothing to do with it. I am libertarian and not owned by ZANU PF although I subscribe to some of its philosophies such as their position on the land question and their doctrine on the indigenisation of the economy. That is where we only agree and if you have other ideas about me, that is your problem.

        As I have earlier indicated, the police have a responsibility for maintaining peace and order in the country. How they do it is non of our business, as non of us is a professional police officer. Let us not fight over this because we all do not know, young man.

  2. super mondo says:

    funny how they dont visit known zanu criminals.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Aya haachisiri mapurisa aya ataiziva, dzangova imbwa dzeZANU(PF) iyo yowoneka kuenda. Mapurisa iwaya achazozvichema mangwana sezvo tichinatsoziva avo vanoita izvi.

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