Police will arrest those accused of causing violence at political campaign rallies regardless of party affiliation, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said on Wednesday.
The Minister’s assurance comes after violence was reported at the Citizens Coalition for Change party campaign rally in Kwekwe last week resulting in the death of one person while several others were injured.
Police have since arrested 16 suspects in connection with the murder and public violence.
Five of the 16 suspects appeared before a Kwekwe Magistrate on Tuesday and were remanded in custody.
Kazembe told legislators in the National Assembly that police will investigate and arrest perpetrators of public violence.
“Violence is not acceptable at all. And His Excellence the President is on record saying no to violence especially during these campaigning times. So the Zimbabwe Republic Police will leave no stone unturned to ensure that anyone who engages in violence be accounted for,” he said.
Kazembe said police investigations would continue until all the perpetrators are arrested.
“At the moment, am sure you have also noticed that police are seized with all those who engaged in violence. Some have been arrested and the law will take its source regardless of who commits violence,” he said.
Political parties are mobilising supporters to vote for them in the upcoming 26 March by-elections.
At least 28 National Assembly seats are up for grabs in the by-elections.
President Mnangagwa is on record condemning public violence.