Chihuri Snubs Parliamentary Committee

Chihuri was summoned by the parliamentary portfolio committee mid-February after violence rocked Harare surbubs resulting in the death of one Movement for Democratic Change supporter. The Defence and security portfolio committee wants Chihuri to explain why the police has been partisan in handling political violence cases.

The police have been accused of being partisan and have not been arresting Zanu (PF) supporters perpetrating violence in across the country. Chihuri and other service chiefs declared their allegiance to President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party.

According to a member of the Defence and Security committee, Chihuri told the Defence and security parliamentary committee chaired by Paul Madzore that he is busy today as he is attending a meeting with Mugabe and promised to attend the hearing on Wednesday.

“The police commissioner general, Chihuri advised the committee this morning that he could not attend the hearing today but promised to come on Wednesday,” a member of the committee who did not want to be named told Radio VOP.

Violence broke out in Harare suburbs that include Budiriro,Mbare and Mufakose while villagers in Nyanga North constituency are reportedly fleeing into neighbouring Mozambique in fear of their lives after violence disturbances in the constituency.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is also the leader of the larger formation of the MDC told Zimbabweans at a public forum in the capital this month that the country has witnessed the deployment of ‘soldiers and armed vigilantes’ in the country side since the announcement by Zanu (PF) and Mugabe that elections might be held this year.

“We have seen in the past few months the deployment of soldiers and armed vigilantes in the countryside to recreate the terror of June 2008. We have heard treasonous talk from senior officials in the police and in the army, all speaking against the freedom of every Zimbabwean to elect new leaders of their choice in an atmosphere of peace and security,” Tsvangirai said.

Political tensions have risen in the country at the prospect of holding polls this year after the constitution making process is completed. The MDC has said that they will not participate in an election that is marred by violence and irregularities.

The MDC has said over 200 people were killed by the 2008 violence which resulted in the party making a decision to pull out of the presidential run-off in June the same year.