“We’ve An Order To Stop Any Tree-Planting Activity,” – ZRP Blocking MDC

Zimbabwe Republic Police officers today tried to block the opposition MDC from planting trees at Cherutombo, a government institution in Marondera saying that they had an order to stop any tree-planting activity.

This was revealed by Pedzisai Ruhanya, the director of the Harare-based Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) who posted on Twitter saying:

Marondera police say they have an order to stop any tree planting activity in Marondera District. Armed police details deployed at Cherutombo Primary School where MDC leader@nelsonchamisa is supposed to plant trees.

@nickmangwana you have banned peaceful MDC activities in Zim
Reports suggest that the party defied the orders and planted the trees.

The MDC also reports that ZRP officers fired live shots towards Chamisa thereby dispersing the gathering. There is a video which shows Chamisa’s security personnel dodging after sounds of gunfire.

These reports are consistent with that of Chamisa’s spokesperson, Dr Nkululeko Sibanda who posted earlier on Twitter claiming that Chamisa was under military attack in Marondera.
The state has been blocking MDC events around the country saying that there was evidence suggesting that the events would turn violent.

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