MDC youth leader arrested
By Alex Bell
The President of the MDC Youth Assembly, Solomon Madzore, has been arrested
and detained on unknown charges, in what the youth group has slammed as
another show of partisan policing in Zimbabwe.
Madzore was arrested at his house in Waterfalls on Tuesday afternoon by six
members of the Law and Order unit. He was taken to Harare Central Police
Station where is he still being held.
Youth Assembly spokesperson Clifford Hlatywayo told SW Radio Africa on
Tuesday that the group immediately dispatched a lawyer from Zimbabwe Lawyers
for Human Rights (ZLHR) to assist their arrested President. But the lawyer
was denied access to Madzore when he went to Harare Central.
“So we still don’t even know why he has been arrested or what he is being
charged with,” Hlatywayo said.
He added: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this unwarranted
arrest and we want to make it known that we are going to take action against
it. We want to show that we are perturbed and disappointed by this partisan
execution of policing duties.”
The Youth Assembly also said in a statement on Tuesday that: “The continued
harassment of MDC leaders and members demonstrates that ZANU PF has not
relented on its resolve to subvert the will of the people by acting in
complete violation of the laws of the country.”
The Platform for Youth Development Trust also leveled blame for Madzore’s
arrest on ZANU PF, calling it a result of party politics.
The group said in a statement that it “demands justice,” and appealed for
professionalism from the police in dealing with Madzore’s case.
“We also demand to know why Madzore has been arrested and that he is
urgently brought to court within the stipulated 24 hours time according to
the law,” the youth group said.