Heavily armed riot police officers descend on Harvest House after MDC Alliance youths reoccupied it

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Monday morning deployed officers outside the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, formerly Harvest House in central Harare.

This comes after youths linked to the MDC Alliance (MDC-A) led by Nelson Chamisa reoccupied the building following its seizure by the Thokozani Khupe-led MDC-T three months ago.

According to ZimLive, two MDC-A youths were arrested at the offices on Monday. The publication posted on Twitter:

“Police steadily building up outside MDC HQ in Harare which was reoccupied by MDC Alliance youths last night with help of youths loyal to Thokozani Khupe’s MDC-T who grabbed the property in June assisted by security forces. 2 MDC Alliance youths arrested so far.”

Human rights defender Pedzisai Ruhanya also confirmed the heavy presence of police officers in the vicinity of the MDC headquarters. He posted on Twitter on Monday:

“As predicted, Zanu PF through police arrived at Harvest House at 3 am and parked meters away from the building after it was taken by party youths from Khupe and Mwonzora. You know what will happen next; rescuing their puppets. Watch court role too!

“A truckload full of riot police now parked at Harvest House ready to rescue Mwonzora in clear relationship between MDC-T and Zanu PF. Youths who took over the building remain locked inside demanding immediate calling of the national executive, national council and congress.

“MDC-T youths accuse Khupe and team of even refusing to implement the flawed Supreme Court ruling by refusing to call national executive and national council including extraordinary congress to resolve the problem. They demand the immediate holding of legitimate 2014 party organs.”

MDC-T (2014 structures) youths reportedly worked together with MDC-A youths in the takeover of the building on Sunday night. They accused MDC-T interim leader Thokozani Khupe of working with ZANU PF.

— Pindula/ZimLive


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