MDC-T cry foul over arrests of provincial and district officials

February 28, 2012 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

By Tichaona Sibanda

The MDC-T has blasted the police in Gwanda for arresting its officials who
were attending a party workshop over the weekend.

The six officials who were arrested on Saturday in Gwanda, Matebeleland
South were released from custody on Monday. No charges were laid against
them.

On Saturday, police said the provincial and district leaders were holding an
‘illegal’ training workshop. A further 14 members who were arrested in
Beitbridge carrying out the same exercise, appeared in court on Monday. The
State opposed bail.

Nelson Chamisa, MDC-T National Organising Secretary, said that the police
were policing the MDC.

‘They want to supervise us selling our party cards. They are now our
observers,’ Chamisa said. Our Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme said
it was clear the arrests were part of a scheme by the police to disturb MDC
programs.

‘The police are failing to interpret their own laws. The MDC people were
having private workshops and inside their party offices and they didn’t need
to notify the police.

‘You only need to notify the authorities when you are going to have a public
rally, so in this instance it was a private workshop,’ Saungweme said. The
MDC has accused ZANU PF of waging war against its members.

Last month the party said it will take up the matter with the party
principals, the Southern African Development Community mediator Jacob Zuma,
as well as the African Union. Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said ZANU PF
wanted to cow them, but that they will not relent until free and fair
elections are held.

’We will take the matter to the political party principals and SADC. We hold
ZANU PF accountable for anything that happens to our people because one of
its hard core factions is working to destabilise the coalition government,’
Mwonzora.

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