Arrested MDC Youths Detained At State House
Bulawayo, September 18, 2011–Soldiers manning the country’s second State
House in Bulawayo arrested 15 youths from the smaller faction of the
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Professor Welshman Ncube last
According to the MDC Bulawayo spokesperson, Edwin Ndlovu, the youths were
arrested whilst doing a door to door campaign at houses adjacent to the
“While our party youths were doing a door to door peaceful campaign in
Saursetown a group of soldiers came in an army truck and arrested them
before taking them to the State House. We condemn such harassment of our
party members by soldiers,” said Ndlovu.
When contacted yesterday the MDC youths’ lawyer Matshobana Ncube said: “I am
still waiting at Saursetown police station but there are being detained at
the State House, our hope is that they will be handed over to the police”.
The State House is usually used by President Robert Mugabe during Zimbabwe
International Trade Fair (ZITF) period every year.
In March this year in Harare a Chegutu man was in trouble with security
forces guarding the main State House after caught with an unregistered gun.
The man Josphat Tarubinga, was handed over to police and dragged to court
where he appeared before Magistrate Archie Wochiunga on charges of
contravening Section 4 (1) as read with 4 (2) (b) of the Firearms Act,
chapter 10:09) for unlawful possession of a firearm.
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