Zim opposition party's factional battles

Deputy President of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, Tendai Biti, and four other party officials have been arrested in Harare. This as the MDC Alliance members tried to gain access to the party headquarters in the Harare CBD. On Thursday police and army allegedly helped a rival MDC faction gain access to MDC headquarters. Pindai Dube has more from the capital. Courtesy #DStv403

HARARE - The Vice President of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, Tendai Biti, and four other party officials have been arrested in Harare. 

This as the MDC Alliance members tried to gain access to their party headquarters, Harvest House in the Harare CBD.

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On Thursday night, the police and army allegedly helped a rival MDC faction, led by Thokozani Khuphe and Douglas Mwonzora, to gain access to MDC headquarters.

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of working with police, the courts and the army to destroy the main opposition.

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The Supreme Court recently ruled Thokozani Khuphe is the legitimate leader of the MDC.

Biti and another MDC Vice President, Lynette Karenyi, were arrested as they demanded entrance to the party headquarters, which was surrounded by police.

Another party official, Lovemore Chinoputsa, was dragged, screaming and shouting, into a police truck by a group of officers.

“When Zimbabwe gets free, we will come back for you police. Why are you doing this to Zimbabweans, you police! Why are you doing this to Zimbabweans?,” said Chinoputsa.

The US and EU embassies also condemned the use of the police and army in the takeover of the MDC Alliance headquarters.

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eNCA