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Zimbabwe: 16 suspects arrested for violence against opposition

Zimbabwe’s leading political party, the ZANU PF continue to tramp down on opposition party, its strongest opposition in the country’s upcoming elections next year.

According to reports, about 16 opposition supporters have been arrested by Zimbabwean police in connection with the violence that left 22 people injured and one dead at an opposition rally on Sunday.

It is also said that a suspect on the run was wanted for the killing of an activist, who witnesses said was speared at the rally in Kwekwe, central Zimbabwe.

According to the police, activists from the ruling ZANU-PF, dressed in yellow, the colour of their enemies from the main opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), ambushed them.

The opponents were on their way to the venue where the leader of their party, Nelson Chamisa, the main rival of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ZANU-PF, which has been in power since independence, was to speak.

The clashes forced Chamisa to cut short his speech. The attackers used machetes, knives, catapults and traditional whips in an outburst of violence that is according to the police.

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