MDC Alliance Condemns Police ‘Wanted List’

Opposition MDC Alliance has responded to the widely circulated Zimbabwe Republic Police list of wanted persons, saying the manner in which the activists are being sought is equal to bad policing.

In a letter to Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, MDC Alliance Youth Assembly secretary for legal Affairs, Agency Gumbo said the method employed by the authorities is not expected in modern days.

“We have noted with grave concern a letter published to the public and subsequently a televised publication on the national broadcaster authored by yourself. The publication unscrupulously purports that 14 activists, among them MDC Alliance youth leaders are wanted for interviews by your organisation’s law and Order Department.

“We wish to state that we categorically object to your unwarranted behavior in publishing or causing to be published the above-stated names on the national broadcaster and various social media platforms. This is tantamount to bad policing which is not anticipated in a 21″ century, modern Police Service.” said Gumbo.

He expressed shock on the reasons police had to resort to releasing a wanted list when all of the persons have been guests of the state in the past.

“Our youth leaders together with the other stated activists are not criminals or terrorists who deserve to be paraded on national and international platforms as criminals. All of our Leaders appearing on your list have attended to the Law and Order department on several occasions and your organisation has their contact details including those of their Defence Counsels.

“Your organisation never personally contacted them or their legal representatives but still went on to issue a WANTED publication against them. In no uncertain terms, we wish to state that this behaviour makes your police Force complicit to tyranny and un-constitutionalism which stubbornly seeks to uphold what the late National Hero Edson Zvobgo once called, a socio-legal order in which people live under constant fear of police victimisation and abuse.

“Your Force’s behaviour in this regard is thus illegal, unconstitutional and abrogable. In as far as it is illegal and unconstitutional, we wish to state that your invitation to our leaders to attend to your uncharacterised interviews is in the same manner as your future illegal directives hereby DEFIED.” he said

Police have launched a manhunt for the 14 political activists in what is viewed as a crackdown against planned 31 July anti-Government protests.

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