SW Radio Africa (London)

21 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Police Spokesman Campaigning Against Tsvangirai in Buhera

The MDC-T has accused police spokesman Chief Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka of gross insubordination, for waging a propaganda war against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera, Manicaland province.

Mandipaka, who is believed to be using police resources to campaign for the Buhera South constituency in the 2013 parliamentary elections, has been going around the area demonising Tsvangirai and the MDC-T.

The party accused Mandipaka over the weekend of attempting to disrupt Tsvangira's field day program at his rural homestead at Humanikwa Village in Buhera. The top cop coerced villagers in the area to demonstrate against the Premier.

Pishai Muchauraya, the provincial spokesman for the party in Manicaland, said it is only proper for Mandipaka to resign from the force before engaging in full-time politics. As it is, according to Muchauraya, Mandipaka is still on the ZRP payroll and that in itself disqualifies him from engaging in politics.

'The Police Act prohibits serving members of the police from participating in active politics. He is abusing state resources to campaign for the Buhera South seat and we condemn that,' the Makoni South MP said.

Muchauraya said they are not worried about his political ambitions as they view him as a person without political clout.

'In politics he's still a novice and poses no threat to the MDC-T. Even his President in ZANU PF, Robert Mugabe, will be beaten hands down in Buhera South if he wants to stand as an MP.

'He's dreaming and wasting his time campaigning here because he, like some in ZANU PF before him, will lose dismally in the next election because they have nothing else to offer to the people of Zimbabwe,' Muchauraya said.

If Mandipaka wins the right to stand for ZANU PF in the next elections, he will most likely contest against academic Professor John Makumbe who has made it known he will be contesting on an MDC ticket.

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