OPPOSITION MDC Alliance has blocked police investigations into the alleged assassination attempt on its leader Nelson Chamisa and has even refused to show the police the crime scene, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has disclosed.
Chamisa, who is touring his party’s structures in Manicaland Province, claims he survived by a whisker this Tuesday when assailants attacked his convoy with live bullets.
Police confirmed receiving a report of the assasination allegations from the MDC Alliance Vice President Lynette Karenyi.
The opposition party alleges that Chamisa’s convoy was intercepted by heavily armed Zanu PF youths who fired gunshots, hitting a rear window on the opposition leader’s vehicle on the outskirts of the border city of Mutare.
He was reported to have been coming from Birchenough Bridge and Chipinge headed for Mutare when the alleged incident occurred.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi has confirmed that police had received such a report and a team of detectives had since been dispatched to Manicaland to investigate the matter.
He, however, said the opposition political party was not complying with investigations.
“A report was made late at night by Lynette Karenyi and when the police requested to attend the scene, they refused. Police then requested to have statements of the occupants of the vehicles be recorded and they refused again.
“A team from the Ballistics and Forensic Unit in Mutare also wanted to attend the scene but they refused again to show them the scene or area where the incident had occurred,” he said.
Nyathi said as part of the investigations, police had requested the MDC Alliance officials to also bring the vehicles involved in the allegations for forensic examination but they have also not been cooperating.
“Police is ready to conduct investigations and a team of investigators has been dispatched to Mutare to conduct investigations and we want to urge them to cooperate with investigations.
“Police wants to attend the scene to gather evidence and if possible for any suspect involved in such allegations to be picked up,” he said.