ZANU PF offering bribes to find MDC-T youth leaders

June 23, 2011 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

By Lance Guma
There is mounting evidence that the spate of arrests and illegal detention
of dozens of MDC-T members over the death of a policeman in Glen View last
month is a politicised witch hunt that has seen ZANU PF play a prominent
role.

SW Radio Africa has information that the ZANU PF youth chairperson for
Harare Province Jim Kunaka, known as Jimmy, has offered MDC-T youths US$2000
each for any information leading to the location and arrest of MDC-T Youth
Assembly chairman Solomon Madzore and his Secretary General Promise
Mkwananzi.

Speaking to us on Wednesday, Mkwananzi vowed they would not hand themselves
over to the police and subject themselves to deliberate victimization.
“We have said that it is not legal in any way for the police to round up 24
people and say, we think one of you has killed a police officer,” Mkwananzi
said.

He accused ZANU PF, the police and the state security agencies of having
politicised the death of Inspector Petros Mutedza following a brawl with
vendors in a nightclub.
“We will not allow ZANU PF to disable us from exercising leadership of the
Youth Assembly. We have not committed any crime,” he said. Mkwananzi said
they will send their lawyers to enquire from the police on why they are
looking for them.

Meanwhile Anna Manjoro, mother to Cynthia Fungai Manjoro, one of those
arrested over the policeman’s death, broke down during SW Radio Africa’s
Question Time programme on Wednesday, while talking about her daughter’s
incarceration. She said her daughter was nowhere near the scene of the crime
and although police claim her car was seen in Glen View, they are using her
as bait to force the driver to hand himself over.

Cynthia, she told us, does not have a driver’s licence and only drove the
car under supervision the day she bought it some time ago. Mai Manjoro said
her daughter is not only asthmatic but has a 2 year old child that she needs
to look after. The female detainees are being held the Chikurubi Maximum
prison while the men are at Harare Remand Prison.

On Tuesday the defence lawyer Charles Kwaramba told SW Radio Africa that 19
out of the 20 MDC-T members accused of murdering the policeman were nowhere
near the scene of the crime. Kwaramba even challenged the state to
particularise and state the role played by each suspect in the offence to
prove ‘reasonable suspicion’ and the strength of the state’s case.

The state has failed to present any tangible evidence, amid reports all the
accused have strong alibis. A good example is Last Maengahama who was
arrested together with his three brothers, Stanley, Edison and Lazarus. The
MDC National Executive Committee member was at a church service during the
skirmishes and there is also video footage filmed by one of the priests
showing him among the parishioners.

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