The Zimbabwe Republic Police sincerely regrets the inconvenience that took place at the venue of the MDC Alliance Press Conference this afternoon.
Given the prevailing security situation and events that unfolded on the 1st of August 2018 and intelligence at hand, the Police responded purely on the basis of tenets governing meetings and gatherings according to the country’s laws.
We wish to state that the police had information to the effect that there was a public gathering which was unlawful and had intentions to disrupt the prevailing peaceful environment.
The ZRP sincerely apologizes and wish to state that we respect freedom of the media, freedom of expression and freedom of association as provided for fry the Zimbabwean laws. This isolated incident should not be misconstrued to mean that we are heavy-handed. We have a constitutional mandate to ensure that law and order is maintained.
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