Police summon MDC-T Senator

POLICE have summoned MDC-T deputy organising secretary, Morgan Komichi, for asking a top police commander to release vehicles impounded from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party in 2008.

Komichi in February this year demanded that Senior Assistant Commissioner Admore Veterai, the commander for Matabeleland North, release Tsvangirai’s BMW X5, as well as other MDC vehicles impounded in the province during the countdown to the bloody June 2008 presidential run-off pitting the premier and President Robert Mugabe.

 

Tsvangirai pulled out of the race citing violence.
Alec Muchadehama, Komichi’s lawyer, said the legislator would travel to Lupane Police Station next week after being summoned by Veterai.

“We are planning to go to Matabeleland North next week. I spoke to a senior police officer in Lupane and there are allegations that Komichi accused Veterai of refusing to release MDC vehicles,” he said.

Muchadehama said the police had not outlined the nature of the charges against Komichi.
Komichi, a non-constituency Senator, told the Zimbabwe Independent yesterday that he was accused of fingering Veterai for impounding MDC-T vehicles in the run-up to the election.

The police in Matabeleland North impounded a South African registered BMW X5 Tsvangirai was using for campaign purposes alleging improper documentation. They also impounded an Isuzu truck in Hwange and another unspecified MDC-T vehicle in Binga during the same period.

The three vehicles are parked at Lupane Police Station.
Komichi said he had only urged Veterai to release the vehicles while addressing a rally at Negasha Stadium in Hwange on February 20.

He said. “The vehicles have been stripped of parts. They have no tyres or windows. The cars are in a deplorable state. I have visited the police station and told the officers to release the cars, but they refused. We don’t understand why the vehicles are still in police custody.”

Komichi said Veterai, as the commander of police in Matabeleland North, should embrace the spirit of inclusivity and release the cars to the MDC-T.

“The police, especially Veterai, should accept the government of national unity. We have ministers, Members of Parliament, councillors; we are part of the government and that should be respected. Our leaders deserve to be respected and thus PM Tsvangirai’s vehicle must be released,” said Komichi.

He said the MDC-T wanted to participate freely in the inclusive government without continued muzzling and intimidation by the uniformed forces.

Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena yesterday could neither confirm nor deny that Komichi had been summoned.

 

Brian Chitemba