Police arrest MDC officials
By Helen Kadirire
HARARE – Police crackdown against MDC supporters is continuing following the
arrest of a councillor and two party officials in the volatile suburb of
Budiriro on Thursday evening.
Yesterday the MDC said their whereabouts were unknown while Police said they
were still pursuing more suspects in the “murder” of their colleagues in
Glen View two weeks ago.
The MDC said police raided the homes of councillor Sydney Chirombe and
employees Abina Rutsito and Jeffias Moyo.
“Last night arrests brings to 23 the number of MDC members who have been
arrested on the trumped – up charges of killing the police officer. Rutsito
and Moyo manage the MDC Excellence Shop at Harvest House,” read part of the
However police claim that they know nothing about these recent arrests.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri denied knowledge of the
arrests and whereabouts of the three MDC members.
“I am not aware that anyone has been arrested. All I know is that the police
are investigating the death of inspector Petros Mutedza,” Phiri said.
Over 20 Glen View MDC activists are in remand custody facing murder charges
following the death of Mutedza last month.
Mutedza died upon admission at Harare hospital after he was allegedly stoned
in a cold blooded brawl by people police suspected to be MDC supporters.
The MDC has dismissed the allegations which they say are meant to portray it
as a violent party.
Police heavy-handedness in dealing with the suspects has been roundly
condemned by rights groups.
Dozens of Glen View residents arrested during raids in the suburb were
limping heavily when they appeared in court in what their lawyers claimed
were a result of intense torture during interrogation.
The arrested include Glen View councillor Tungamirai Madzokera and national
executive member Last Maengahama.
They claim that they were denied food and medical attention while in
Since the death of Mutedza, Glen View residents are said to been living in
fear, with some fleeing the area after police declared “a war” against
“murderers” of their colleague.
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