Zimbabwe: Police to Investigate ED, Chamisa Poll Related Violations, Says Mpofu

AFRIC observer mission group member Volker Tschapke, right, addresses the media while flanked by Professor Jose Matemulane and Purnima Anad, third from right, and Mirjam Katharina Zwingli in Borrowdale, Harare.

HOME Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu says police will investigate cases of alleged violation of the Electoral Act by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main challenger Nelson Chamisa of MDC Alliance.

The two are accused of breaching provisions of the electoral law which forbid any form of campaign activity within 48 hours of an election.

Chamisa on Sunday addressed a press conference to discuss poll related concerns while Mnangagwa posted a video on social media while soliciting for votes.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said that it has reported two presidential candidates to the police but has not revealed their names citing the need to keep the prevailing calm in the country during the election period.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday evening, Mpofu said all cases related to poll related violations shall be investigated.

He said Zimbabweans will be informed of the outcome of the investigations being carried out by the law enforcement agents.

"That's why I have senior police officers here and commanders of the elections at this press conference," Mpofu said when he was being asked by journalists if police would also investigate Mnangagwa.

"Anyone is being investigated whether he is a councillor, member of parliament or presidential candidate."

Mpofu, who was in the company of Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga and police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, warned against the unofficial announcement of electoral results by political parties and individuals.

Asked why he was still making the statement with the risk of being labelled as biased since he was a Zanu PF official whose party had a vested interest in the outcome of Monday's election, Mpofu was adamant he was speaking in his capacity as government minister.

"It's not Zanu PF that is making this statement; I am still the Home Affairs Minister and the rightful Minister to issue such statements on behalf of the government," he said.

Mpofu urged locals to remain peaceful and shun any forms of violence as they await the official announcement of the results by ZEC.

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