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LATEST:ZRP Denies Firing Live Ammunition At Chamisa & His Supporters In Marondera

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The Police have said they used tear gas smoke to disperse an unscheduled MDC-Alliance meeting at Dombotombo Clinic in Marondera yesterday after part of the crowd refused to disperse and were blocking patients from accessing the health facility.

The police deny there were any gunshots and said none of the police at the venue possessed live ammunition or rubber bullets.

This follows after MDC-Alliance supporters and part of Chamisa’s team took to social media to claim that the police had used live ammunition to disperse the gathering,

In a statement yesterday, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said:

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police dismisses allegations that live rounds of rubber bullets were used or fired when police officers in Marondera dispersed MDC supporters and activists this afternoon who had illegally gathered at Dombotombo Clinic and some leaders attempted to address the gathering without following the laid down notification procedures in terms of the law.

“Police only used tear smoke to disperse the gathering and politicians, with some who had been transported in kombis openly refusing to comply with lawful orders which had been given by the police.”

Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana told the Herald last night that no live bullets were fired in Marondera

“It’s the usual opposition histrionics and dramatics. (MDC-Alliance leader Nelson) Chamisa tried to have a rally in Dombotombo Clinic, disrupting the delivery of care to the sick people there,” he said.

“Police were called in. At this point there were kombis full of rowdy people who were very aggressive.

“They started surging towards the police in an aggressive way. Police deployed tear smoke to disperse the people. There was no use of firearms and none of the police details was armed with live ammunition,” he said.

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