POLICE have appealed for information on the location of opposition MDC Alliance deputy national chairman Job Sikhala, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Mutasa and a host of other activists.
In a statement Monday evening, ZRP national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the activists are being sought by the CID’s law and order department for interviews.
In addition to Sikhala and Mutasa, the police are also keen to interview Obey Sithole, Godfrey Tsenengamu, Promise Mkwananzi, Ostallos Siziba as well as Obert Masaraure among others.
The development follows the arrest of other activists Jacob Nagrivhume and Hopewell Chin’ono who have since been charged with inciting public violence.
The opposition has been calling for demonstrations at the end of the month supposedly against corruption, but authorities say the illegal protests are aimed at removing the country’s constitutionally elected government.
Meanwhile, MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere, whose party has endorsed the planned protests, has rejected police claims that they were planning violent protests.
Mahere said: “The MDC Alliance is not a violent party. It is Zanu PF and the military that’s violent. The military killed innocent, unarmed civilians on August 1, 2018 and January 2019. This was proven beyond doubt before the Motlanthe Commission.
“This regime was called upon to reform. Sadly, it resorts to the same dirty tactics.”
Mahere accused the Zanu PF government of “panicking” because it is afraid of “people finding their collective voice”.
“They should allow people to exercise their constitutional rights on social media and on the streets. That’s democracy. Peaceful protest online and offline is not a crime,” she said.
Siphosami Malunga, the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government was gripped by fear of a popular uprising.
“It’s clear that protests called for July 31 will be negatively impacted by many things including the huge spike in Covid-19 infections, the hard clampdown by Zanu PF including restrictions on movement but one thing is clear: Zanu PF is terrified of people-powered protests, whenever they’ll happen,” Malunga wrote on Twitter.
Full list of activists being hunted by police:
1) Makomborero Haruziviishe
2) Godfrey Kurauone
3) Job Sikhala
4) Promise Mkwananzi
5) Denford Ngadziore
6) Allan Moyo
7) Obey Sithole
8) Obert Masaraure
9) Jim Kunaka
10) Peter Mutasa
11) Robson Chere
12) Stephen Sarkozy Chuma
13) Godfrey Trenengamu
14) Ostallos Siziba