MDC Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) co-chairperson for Matabeleland North Jelous Sansole has accused police of interfering in the operations of the committee rendering it ineffective.
Sansole told Radio Dialogue that members of the police force in the province are working in cahoots with Zanu-PF making it hard for JOMIC to carry its mandate of ensuring harmony among supporters of different parties.
“One of the reasons why we (JOMIC) have failed to carry our mandate is because police in the province are very much partisan. Myself was arrested last week for confronting ZANU-PF members who were distributing maize wearing party regalia,” said Sansole.
He said supporters of other parties continue to face arrests even in cases involving ZANU-PF members. Sansole who is also MDC provincial chairperson said they have raised the issue with JOMIC national leadership but nothing has happened as yet.
However, police spokesperson for Matabeleland North Billy Dube refuted the allegations against his force saying when making arrests they do not consider political affiliations.
“We are a non-partisan force. What Sansole is claiming is devoid of truth, for a record we are also represented in JOMIC and there is no way we can side with any political party,” said Dube.
The JOMIC co-chairperson further said cases of political violence have started surfacing ahead of the polls scheduled for this year. He also accused Zanu-PF supporters of fueling violence on their political counterparts.