Victimised for exposing torture base: MDC MP
Costin Muguti, the MDC legislator for Gokwe-Kabuyuni, says his arrest
outside Kwekwe magistrates courts last week was stage managed to punish him
for exposin a Zanu (PF) torture base.
Brenna Matendere Munyati
Muguti in February spent six weeks in remand prison together with his Zhombe
counterpart Rodger Tazviona and six MDC supporters. He was accused of
threatening Chief Samambwa of Zhombe with unspecified action. The Chief had
confiscated MDC regalia including party cards and T-Shirts as a way of
forcing his subjects to support Zanu (PF).
The case will be heard again on August 3, but police have since preferred
fresh charges against Muguti. He is accused of taking pictures of an army
barrack in his constituency, undermining police authority and inciting
In an interview Muguti said state security agents went bent on punishing him
for exposing a deep pit in his constituency which was used as a torture camp
during the discredited bloody 2008 presidential polls.
The case failed to take place on Tuesday amid revelations police had not
furnished the state with adequate evidence to put the legislator on his
defence. He was later told to go home and the case will proceed by way of
summons when enough evidence has been gathered.
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