By Paidashe Mandivengerei
MDC Vice President, Tendai Biti has pleaded for the intervention of Southern African Development Community (SADC) in dealing with police brutality in the country.
This comes after Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) today (Wednesday) clashed with the opposition party members while dispersing a crowd which had gathered along Nelson Mandela street where Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House is located.
MDC members were singing and chanting slogans awaiting the arrival of party leader, Nelson Chamisa who was set to deliver his Hope of the Nation Address (HONA).
The skirmishes resulted in the injury of several civilians including two journalists and GlenView MP also son to MDC founding father, Vincent Tsvangirai.
Speaking to journalists outside the party headquarters, Biti expressed his disapproval of how police officers had ‘disrupted’ their proceedings.
“Since 2017 we have seen the closure of our political space because of Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“We dont accept this we say no to fascism we say no to madness.
“SADC, President Ramaphosa and Foreign minister, Naledi Pandor must be watching this, it is not acceptable and it must stop.”
Chamisa in his HONA address said the conduct of the police officers deviated from that of trained personnel.
“I was shocked to see the behaviour and conduct of the police and l dont believe that they are police officers i have every reason to believe that these are people armed in uniform to try and disguise as their conduct does not show people who have been trained.”