Lupane police stop MDC meeting
By Pindai Dube
HARARE – Police in Lupane, Matabeleland North province, on Monday stopped a
meeting of the mainstream MDC before shutting down party offices.
Speaking to the Daily News, former Lupane MP Njabuliso Mguni, who was
leading the MDC Lupane district executive meeting, said police stormed the
meeting at Lupane Business centre and demanded that it be stopped.
“We were having our district executive meeting at Lupane Agenda offices but
police stormed the venue and stopped us before ordering everybody to leave
and shut down the office. They said they had instructions from their
superiors to stop all MDC meetings in Matabeleland North province,” said
Mguni, who was expelled from Parliament in 2009 after the smaller MDC party
that he represented then accused him of siding with the mainstream MDC said:
“We are shocked because this was an internal party meeting which doesn’t
have anything to do with police.”
According to Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), a group of lawyers
that offers free legal assistance to vulnerable groups, more than 40
politicians and human rights activists have been arrested or harassed by
police in Matabeleland North alone since January.
In April, National Healing and Integration Minister Moses Mzila Ndlovu, was
arrested for holding a meeting on the 1980s military-led massacres of
civilians or Gukurahundi in the province.
Mzila-Ndlovu was again arrested in the same province two weeks ago together
with Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC formation.
Last month, ZimRights activists Florence Ndlovu and Walter Dube were
arrested for conducting torture workshops in Nyamandlovu in Matabeleland
ZLHR lawyers Lizwe Jamela, Nosimilo Chanaiwa and Nikiwe Ncube were also
arrested and detained for a day in Hwange.
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