Senior party officials from the MDC Alliance have gone into hiding saying they are in fear for their lives after alleged State security agents raided some of their homes at night. Some of the leaders who have gone into hiding are MDC Alliance co-principal Tendai Biti, party chairperson Morgen Komichi and youth leader Happymore Chidziva. Speaking to NewsDay over the telephone, Chidziva said,
It’s not the police who are looking for me, how do police raid my house in masks, abduct my family and beat them up? It is clear that the police are being used to bring sanity on a crackdown of the MDC Alliance. Handing myself over is like committing suicide. I am not going to do that.
Speaking at a press conference Nelson Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said,
There is a dangerous precedence in the country to block the people from protesting. They cold murdered Zimbabweans last week. A lot of MDC Alliance top officials have gone into hiding and I cannot disclose their names for security reasons, but I can tell you they are many…The victimisation of Zimbabweans is getting to the levels of impunity. There have been some overnight raids on party officials.
The officials are said to be wanted by the police in connection with the protests by opposition supporters last week which turned violent and resulted in the deaths of 6 people after soldiers used live bullets on protesters.