Some of the opposition MDC Alliance officials in the Midlands province including members of the provincial executive, the youth wing, women’s wing, MPs, and councillors are reportedly in hiding after being hunted by suspected state security agents.
The reports come amid deployment of security forces to frustrate planned anti-government protests scheduled for this Friday.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe, one of the activists, Sekai Marashe, an MDC Alliance Kwekwe town youth official said she is hiding as she feared arrest. She said:
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I was tipped off that the members of the State Security were looking for me. I was advised to find a safe house to lie low since their visit had sinister motives.
I was, therefore, forced to go into hiding.
Another MDC top politician and Mbizo MP, Settlement Chikwinya, also confirmed he had gone hiding ahead of Friday protests.
The development was confirmed by MDC Alliance Midlands provincial spokesperson Takavafira Zhou who said State security agents were targeting their membership in the Midlands province.
He added that the party’s officials were being targeted as a result of the false assumption that it was the MDC Alliance that had called this Friday’s anti-government demonstration.