‘Military intelligence personnel trailing MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa wherever he goes’


OPPOSITION MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says he feels his life is under threat, with “suspicious vehicles” trailing his movements in what his party described as a serious violation to his right to personal security.

Chamisa has refused to accept the July 30 harmonised elections results despite losing a Constitutional Court challenge, and often describes President Emmerson Mnangagwa as “illegitimate”.

In a statement by the party spokesperson Jacob Mafume, the MDC said it suspected that those trailing their leader had links with the military.

“The deployment of military intelligence personnel who follow our party president Advocate Nelson Chamisa is not only a concern, but a violation of the laws of the land,” Mafume said.

“Advocate Chamisa is a citizen with rights, which must be respected. He has not committed any crime, therefore, there is no basis to limit his rights. His right to privacy is compromised by people who follow him wherever he goes. Every person must have inherent dignity in both their private and public life.”

Mafume said there was increased surveillance on his boss, but warned if anything happened to Chamisa, they would hold the State accountable.

The party also provided registration plates of vehicles allegedly trailing Chamisa.

However, contacted for comment, Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi asked for questions in writing on Tuesday, but had not yet responded by last night.

— NewsDay

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