The United States has condemned the use of soldiers and the police in the takeover of Morgan Tsvangirai House formerly known as Harvest House.
The condemnation comes after youths of the Movement for Democratic Change led by Thokozani Khupe took over the premises which were being used as the headquarters of the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa.
Posting on Twitter, Tibor Peter Nagy Jr, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs said the incident is indicative of a country departing from democracy. He said:
“The United States condemns the Zimbabwean government’s politicized use of security forces to take over an opposition party’s headquarters and arrest its members.
“This is the latest example of the government of Zimbabwe’s departure from democratic norms and is inconsistent with previous commitments to implement fundamental political and economic reforms.”
This is happening when Zimbabwe, under President Mnangagwa had embarked on engagement and re-engagement drive meant to create and or mend relations with the international community.
Zimbabwe became isolated at the turn of the millennium following the fast-track land reform programme during which gross violation of human rights was reported.
The international community has told Zimbabwe that genuine reforms are a precondition for re-engagement.
– Tibor Nagy