BUHERA — Ten police officers who were lodging at a complex owned by an MDC-T official at Muzokomba business centre were recently ordered to vacate the place by their superiors. Report by Our Correspondent
The officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said the message was conveyed to them by a senior officer who told them that the directive was from the top authorities.
“We were told to vacate from our lodgings because of the political affiliation of our landlord and we had to rush to find alternative accommodation,” said one of the officers.
MDC-T chairman for ward 24, Robson Masaiti owns the complex.
Masaiti said he was shocked to hear that the officers had been ordered to leave his property with immediate effect.
“They told me while packing their belongings that they were leaving and I couldn’t ask more questions,” he said.
MP for the constituency, Naison Nemadziva, also confirmed the story adding that he would engage the responsible authorities to have the issue resolved.
“The police are supposed to be a non-partisan force. They should be free to live where they want and after all, the camp has insufficient accommodation,” said Nemadziva.
Manicaland Police spokesperson Inspector Enock Chishiri, however, professed ignorance on the matter.
“We are getting it from you. I don’t think there is any one of us here who knows that incident. What I only know is that members of the police force at Muzokomba stay at the camp,” said Chishiri.
The two MDC formations have been advocating for a non-partisan uniformed force in the new constitution.
The two parties have on several occasions accused state security agents of selectively applying the rule of law in their efforts to prop up President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, especially during elections.